Constituents have contacted me recently about a European Commission vote on October 5 on whether to extend the ban on the use of neonicotinoid insecticides. As far as I have been able to ascertain, no such vote took place. 

My view remains that bees and other pollinators play a vital role in the security of our food supply and the quality of our environment. While we remain a member of the EU, the UK will continue to meet its obligations under EU law, including restrictions on neonicotinoids. 

As part of the preparations for exiting the EU, Ministers are now considering future arrangements for pesticides. Their highest priority will continue to be the protection of people and the environment and, taking the advice of the independent Expert Committee on Pesticides, they will base these decisions on a careful scientific assessment of the risks. Restrictions on neonicotinoids will not be removed as long as the evidence shows that they should remain.