Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2002-03

17 July 2003 Conduct of the GM public debate

17 July 2003 Conduct of the GM public debate

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee today announced that it intends to undertake a brief inquiry into the conduct of the GM public debate, GM Nation? (but not the outcome of it). It will consider the adequacy of arrangements made to support the debate, and particularly the role played by Defra. In particular it will look at the Department’s role in financially supporting and publicising the debate.

 The Committee invites written evidence from interested parties which addresses the above terms of reference: witnesses are strongly urged to limit their comments to the conduct of the debate. Evidence should be submitted in Word or WordPerfect formats, and should be sent by e-mail to devineg@parliament.uk by Friday 12 September 2003. 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 it would be helpful to 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.

A ‘one-off’ session of oral evidence will be held in the Autumn (probably on Wednesday 22 October). Witnesses for the session will be announced in due course.

More information about the GM public debate can be found at www.gmnation.com.


Further details of the Committee, including its current membership, can be found on the Committee's homepage at http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/environment__food_and_rural_affairs.cfm .   This link also provides further links to reports published by the Committee.  Information about the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee can also be obtained from 020 7219 3262.