§ Mr. Stinchcombe
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what representations he has received on(a) genetically modified organisms and (b) the biotechnology industry from the US Administration. 
§ Mr. Nick Brown
I met US Trade Representative, Ambassador Barshefsky, on 23 October 1998. The Ambassador expressed some concerns about the way genetically modified organisms were being dealt with in the EU. I reassured her that the UK Government was committed to a science-based approach which protected human health and the environment.