It is my understanding that the use of such insecticides has been approved by DEFRA for emergency usage under powers governed by former EU laws which the UK has now transferred into domestic legislation.
Like many of you, I believe that it is essential our wildlife is properly protected, and anyone involved in game management must respect the country’s conservation laws which are amongst the toughest in the world.
I have long made clear my opposition to low animal welfare imports and this was a commitment of the Conservative election manifesto. It would be bad for animals and bad for farmers to be undercut by overseas competitors who cut costs by reducing standards.
I strongly believe that accessibility to quality waterways carries with it major advantages. Our waterways offer not only a place for people to enjoy a more natural environment, but are often used as hubs for other sporting and social activities.