Protection of the Native Irish Honey Bee Bill 2021: First Stage

I move:

That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to ban the importation of non-native honey bees with the aim of reducing the threat to and adverse impact upon biodiversity and the ecosystem arising from the introgression/crossing/cross-breeding of the native Irish Honey Bee, Apis mellifera mellifera, due to the importation of non-native species or sub-species of and/or strains derived from Apis mellifera and to provide for the appointment of authorised officers; to make it an offence to forge an animal health certificate; and to provide for related matters.

Question put and agreed to.

When is it proposed to take Second Stage?

Is that agreed? Agreed.

Second Stage ordered for Tuesday, 26 October 2021.
Sitting suspended at 12.45 p.m. and resumed at 1 p.m.