The government says it accepts the EU ban on the use of some pesticides linked to bee deaths, but it discards the knowledge behind the moratorium. In a response to the ecological Audit commission, the government indicates it will not ban the use of these chemicals for gardeners. The Committee says they are dissatisfied with this approach.
The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) criticized the government's approach in their report earlier this year. The government confirmed they were not convinced by the results of laboratory studies showing destructive effects to bees from these chemicals. They also rejected the plan of banning the sale of neonicotinoids for use by gardeners and in parks.