Westminster Hall Debate on the Insect Population

I was able to ask a short intervention in today's debate on the reduced insect population, raising the possibility of replicating the healthy bees plan and the National Bee Unit for other species of insect in order to ensure ongoing abundance and variety.  As Mr Sobel pointed out in response, "we cannot protect only the bees, because they will not survive on their own without the abundance and variety of insects".

Bill Grant

I am of an age to remember the windshield being covered in insects, and the number plate, which was particularly hard to clean.  Does the hon. Gentleman think that initiatives such as the healthy bees plan and the National Bee Unit should be extended to protect other species of insects—or, as we say in Scotland, beasties?

 

Alex Sobel

It is always good to have an intervention about beasties.  I absolutely agree with the hon. Gentleman.  That harks back to my point about abundance and ​variety.  We cannot protect only the bees, because they will not survive on their own without the abundance and variety of insects.