HC Deb 30 November 2000 vol 357 c879W
Mr. Llwyd

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (1) if the Chardon LL crop will be placed on the national seed list following the completion of the one-year tests;[140441]

(2) what further tests there will be on the Chardon LL crop following the completion of the one-year tests. [140440]

Ms Quin

Chardon LL was proposed for addition to the National List in March 2000. Information has come to light recently that the testing of this variety for distinctness, uniformity and stability (DUS) by the French authorities was based on one year's data from accredited breeders' trials and one year's data from Government run trials. This may not have complied with EC requirements. MAFF is seeking the views of the European Commission on the legal status of the DUS testing procedures used by the French authorities for this variety. The UK authorities are not seeking further tests on Chardon LL pending receipt of the European Commission's views. Chardon LL will be added to the UK National List only if all the legal requirements have been met in full.

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