HC Deb 10 May 1999 vol 331 cc12-3W
Mr. Edwards

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list each application for a licence to grow genetically modified crops in Wales in 1999, and the proposed locations. [82220]

Mr. Jon Owen Jones

No applications to release genetically modified organisms at sites in Wales have been received in 1999.

An application was received, in December 1998, for the approval of research trials of Spring GM oilseed rape at 15 locations across Great Britain. In line with normal procedures this was assessed by the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment who appraise the application and advise on whether consent should be granted. One of the proposed release sites was in Monmouthshire and a consent was issued earlier this year. Subsequently, the farmer in Monmouthshire has withdrawn his permission to trial the GM crop.

My right hon. Friend's responsibilities in this area are shortly to transfer to the National Assembly for Wales.

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