Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2003-04
11 March 2004 The Government's recent decision about GM: 

11 March 2004 The Government's recent decision about GM: 
new inquiry announced

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has decided to undertake an inquiry into the implications of the Government's recent decision to agree to the limited cultivation of GM maize in the UK.

The terms of reference of the inquiry are:

"The Committee will inquire into the likely implications of the Government's recent decision to agree in principle to the commercial cultivation of GM herbicide-tolerant maize in the UK. In particular, it will consider:

  • in relation to co-existence, what physical separation will be required between GM and non-GM crops in order to guard against cross-contamination

  • if cross-contamination occurs, how liability will be established and responded to, who should be legally responsible and what the limits of that responsibility should be-and what role Government should play in determining these matters

  • what processes will be involved in determining how GM-free zones will be established at both a regional and local level and what role Government should play in this development

  • what changes to legislation will be required to allow GM crops to be grown

  • what will be the scope and scale of the 2006 re-licensing procedures."

The Committee invites all interested parties to submit written evidence which addresses these terms of reference. The deadline for the submission of evidence is Monday 19 April 2004.

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Evidence should be submitted in Word or WordPerfect formats, and should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should include a brief executive summary. Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it, but those wishing to publish their evidence before it is published by the Committee are invited to contact the Clerk of the Committee to obtain permission to do so.