§ Joan Ruddock
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will provide updated information on the project to feed GM maize and corn to chickens, including the date on which the project commenced, the date it will finish, the date when its results will be available and who is undertaking it. 
§ Ms Quin
[holding answer 6 November 2000]: The design of this project is still being considered and hence it has not yet started. The objective of the research is to establish if DNA molecules from GM feed ingredients can be detected in poultry meat at slaughter. When the experimental protocol has been finalised the research is expected to last about 18 months. The findings will be published once the experimental data are analysed at the end of the research phase. It is envisaged that the project will be undertaken by ADAS Consulting Ltd.