Environment Minister Richard Benyon has spoken to Radio 4's Today Programme about the proposal by MPs to ban pesticides in order to save bees.
We want to make sure that we have the necessary evidence.
If the evidence backs up action that bans these chemicals then we will take that action.
We are saying to the European Commission, if they are going to do this, they need to carry out proper field-scale surveys to decide once and for all whether this would be the right step to take.
If we ban these, farmers will go back to older chemistries, such as pyrethroids, which could be much more damaging in the long run.
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