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posted 27 Nov 04

The right honourable Tony Blair speaks to the House

Extract below taken from 'Hansard' .... 3.52 p.m. on 23 Nov 04, Column 26....

The truth is that the policies of the Opposition parties-[Hon. Members: "Is that it?"] It is about all they deserve, but I have more if they want-[Interruption.] Since they want a bit more, I will give them a bit more. On one of my occasional forays into Lib-Dem spending commitments, I have come across the best one yet. It is about bee keeping. The Lib Dem shadow Chancellor, the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable), says:

"Benefits from bees' natural pollination activities are enormous, worth billions of pounds. There is however negligible research into damaging diseases and I have pressed the Ministry of Agriculture for a bigger research commitment."

I hope that the Chancellor is taking note. I had not realised that there were votes in bee keeping, but if the Liberal Democrats think there are, there probably are. If any bee keepers are listening, we are right on your side.

So what do you think ??

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