§ Joan Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the GM research funded by her Department which incorporates genetic systems designed to prevent seed germination. 
§ Mr. Foulkes
[holding answer 16 November 2000]: This Department is not funding research which incorporates genetic systems designed to prevent seed germination.
We have funded a study to examine the likely costs and benefits to the livelihoods of the poor in developing countries from the application of so-called "terminator genes" and similar technologies. The results of this work are being prepared for publication and will be disseminated widely.