HC Deb 26 July 1999 vol 336 cc14-5W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made in the scientific audit of DFID-funded projects during the past 10 years which have supported the development, testing or use of GMOs; and if she will make a statement. [93149]

Clare Short

From the many hundreds of natural resources research projects supported over the last decade we have identified 43 which address genetic modification technologies. I shall send the hon. Member a list of these showing the principal collaborators. We have asked our international partners to identify the extent to which genetic modification technologies are used in the activities to which they allocate my Department's funding. When we have this information we shall carry out the next stages of the audit.