§ Mr. David Heath
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the applications received by the Pesticides Safety Directorate for the use of (i) glufosinate ammonium and (ii) glyphosate on genetically modified herbicide resistant crops, for each application giving(a) the name of the applicant, (b) the crop for which approval is sought, (c) the date the application was received and (d) the date at which the decision by the Pesticides Safety Directorate will be announced. 
§ Ms Quin
[holding answer 9 December 1999]: At present, for reasons of commercial confidentiality, details of any application for the approval of a pesticide are not made publicly available unless and until approval itself is given. We are, however, to review the current arrangements to see if there is scope for greater openness and transparency.