HC Deb 10 July 2000 vol 353 cc393-4W
Joan Ruddock

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if he will list the current contracts between his Department and the Central Science Laboratory that are connected with GMOs. [128066]

Mr. Meacher

The Department does not as such have any contracts with the Central Science Laboratory because they are an Agency of Government and Government cannot enforce a contract with themselves. CSL are, however, currently working for my Department on three projects: Project

  1. 1. Research to assess possible environment risks of GM plants grown in containment.
  2. 2. Monitoring gene-flow within the fields of the farm-scale evaluations and to neighbouring crops.
  3. 3. Inspection and enforcement relating to the deliberate release and marketing of GMOs.

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