§ Mr. Alan Simpson
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what advice the Government have received from the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser about the potential links between genetically modified foods and birth defects and cancer; and when this report will be published. 
§ Dr. Jack Cunningham
A draft paper prepared by the Chief Medical Office and the Chief Scientific Adviser has been considered by Ministers. The paper concluded that there is no evidence of any greater risk to human health from approved GM foods than from conventional ones and that the tests, rules and regulations for assessing the safety of GM foods are sufficiently rigorous. When the paper has been finalised it will be published.