HC Deb 01 February 1999 vol 324 cc533-4W
Mr. Martyn Jones

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what assessment he has made of the(a) nutritional need for and (b) alternatives to the production of genetically engineered crops in the United Kingdom. [67660]

Mr. Rooker

Genetically modified crops will not be grown until they have passed all the relevant statutory procedures. Once they have done so, it will be for the market to determine whether they provide nutritional or other benefits over alternative varieties.