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sean

Bees Contribute More to Economy than Royal Family

Allegedly
Hairyloon

Quote:
Bees contribute 651 million to the UK economy a year, 150 million more than the Royal Family brings in through tourism.

They also sell newspapers...
Tavascarow

IMHO 651 million is a conservative estimate.
It only takes into account the food bees pollinate that we put directly into our mouths.
How many hundreds of thousands tonnes of nitrates extra would farmers have to spread on the fields if bees didn't pollinate clover flowers?
As for the other Royal family I thought they cost us almost as much as they make.
Bees work for free.
henchard

The claim that the royal family bring in tourist revenue is untrue and irrelevant. Even VisitBritain, the national tourist agency, can't find any evidence for it.

The estimated total annual cost of the monarchy is 299.4m, around nine times the official figure published by the royal household

Perhaps a better headline would be

"Bees are hardworking creatures essential to the British economy unlike the Royal Family who are irrelevant (and who are Britain's biggest family of benefit claimants)."
vegplot

The claim that the royal family bring in tourist revenue is untrue and irrelevant. Even VisitBritain, the national tourist agency, can't find any evidence for it.

The estimated total annual cost of the monarchy is 299.4m, around nine times the official figure published by the royal household

Perhaps a better headline would be

"Bees are hardworking creatures essential to the British economy unlike the Royal Family who are irrelevant (and who are Britain's biggest family of benefit claimants)."


This is a few years old but is someway off you quoted figure...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5123580.stm

If you're going to quote figures or make claims say where you're getting the data from to support your claims.
Hairyloon

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vegplot

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Ta. Corrected.
robkb

The Sovereign Grant was 35.7 million for 2013/14:

http://www.royal.gov.uk/TheRoyalHousehold/Royalfinances/AnnualFinancialReports/Annualfinancialreports.aspx
dpack

bees are useful
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