Closed petition Ban the sale of all non-organic pesticides to the general public

Many non-organic pesticides can currently be sold to anyone in the UK without any checks or training. They should be banned from sale, online and in person, to the general public.

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41% of insects around the world are threatened with extinction, including due to use of pesticides, alongside habitat destruction and climate change (Wildlife Trusts). We've seen a 68% decrease in population sizes of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish between 1970 - 2016 (The Living Planet Report 2020). There is a wealth of experience that shows you can home garden successfully without non-organic pesticides, yet these kill billions of insects each year, which also contributes to the deaths of birds, mammals and other life that need them.

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Overdue Government response to petition chased by MPs

The Petitions Committee, the group of MPs who consider parliamentary petitions, has written to the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Thérèse Coffey MP, about the overdue Government response to this petition.

In the letter, the Chair of the Petitions Committee Catherine McKinnell MP asks the Government to provide a response to the petition and an explanation for the delay responding by Thursday 1 June.

Government departments are meant to submit responses to petitions within 21 days. A response to this petition was first requested by the Committee on 31 March 2023, but the Government has not yet responded.

Because the response to this petition is now over a month overdue, the Committee has written to the Government asking them to explain the delay, and to provide their response to this petition.

In the letter, Catherine McKinnell MP highlights how important it is that Government departments provide a timely response to e-petitions that receive over 10,000 signatures.

We will share the Government's explanation for the delay, and their response, with you when we receive this.