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The UK government should suspend the use of a number of pesticides linked to the deaths of bees, a committee of MPs has said.

Members of the Commons Environmental Audit Committee are calling for a moratorium on the use of sprays containing neonicotinoids.

Britain has refused to back an EU ban on these chemicals saying their impact on bees is unclear.

But MPs say this is an “extraordinarily complacent” approach.

Wild species such as honey bees are said by researchers to be responsible for pollinating around one-third of the world’s crop production.

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