HC Deb 11 February 1998 vol 306 cc276-7W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Barnsley, Central (Mr. Illsley) of 15 January 1998,Official Report, columns 292–93, when the results of the studies into genetically modified foods listed will be completed; and when they will be made public. [28225]

Mr. Rooker

[holding answer 9 February 1998]: The requested information on completion dates is given in the table. Once final reports have been received and evaluated, they are made available through the Department's library and their availability publicised in the Government's Food Safety Information Bulletin. This usually occurs within three months of the project completion date. However, publication of results in peer reviewed scientific journals is encouraged throughout the lifetime of the Department's research projects, and in many cases precedes the availability of the final reports.

Study Organisation End date
Assessment of the risks of transferring antibiotic resistance determinants from transgenic plants to micro-organisms Leeds University 31 December 2001
Dissemination of GM DNA and antibiotic resistance genes via rumen micro-organisms Rowett Research Institute 31 May 2001
Risk of gene transfer from genetically modified crop plants to gut bacteria IFR, Norwich Laboratory 31 March 2001
Gene expression in anthers and nectaries of transgenic plants Leicester University 30 September 1995
The stability of expression and inheritance of transgenes in brassica John Innes Centre 28 February 1996
Risk assessment of genetically engineered avian probiotics Newcastle University 31 October 1997
Possibility of Agrobacterium as a vehicle for gene escape Mylnefield Research Services Ltd. 30 April 1996
Do protein sequences imply inter-species gene transfer? Manchester University 14 February 1996
The effect of background genotype on transgenes John Innes Centre 6 July 1999
Investigation of novel viruses created by growing viral coat protein transgenic sugar beet plants Central Science Laboratory/IACR, Brooms Barn 31 July 1995
Mobile genetic elements and lateral gene transfer events in crop species Manchester University 31 May 1999