HC Deb 15 November 2001 vol 374 c884W
19. Mr. Alan Simpson

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in implementing the new EU directive on deliberate releases of GMOs. [13083]

Mr. Meacher

Consultations with stakeholders on the broad issues raised by the new Directive were completed in England on 26 October. The Department is currently analysing the 43 responses received, and will make this analysis and copies of the responses available to the public and to Parliament (unless specifically asked to treat responses in confidence).

We will consult further on draft implementing regulations early in the new year, with a view to laying them before Parliament by June 2002.

The Scottish Executive, the National Assembly for Wales and the Department of Environment for Northern Ireland will make separate implementing regulations on issues for which they have devolved powers.