HC Deb 01 March 1999 vol 326 c527W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Prime Minister what factors underlay his statement that genetically modified food is beneficial for human consumption. [72240]

The Prime Minister

[holding answer 23 February 1999]All genetically modified food produced in the United Kingdom has been approved by independent expert scientific advisers as part of an extensive regulatory process designed to protect both consumers and the environment. No approvals have been given since 1 May 1997.

Genetic modification has the potential to enable us to produce food that is more nutritious and better tasting.

Mr. Stinchcombe

To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has received on genetically modified organisms and the biotechnology industry from the US Government. [72763]

The Prime Minister

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Lewes (Mr. Baker) on 31 July 1998,Official Report, column 600.