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Genetically Modified Organisms

Volume 202: debated on Friday 24 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many genetically modified organisms were released into the environment in 1991; and if he will make a statement.

I have been asked to reply.Under the Genetic Manipulation Regulations 1989, the Health and Safety Executive was notified of 12 proposals to release genetically modified organisms to the environment, in the year 1991.Public consultation has just been completed on proposed new regulations to be made under part VI of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Under the proposed regulations releases of genetically modified organisms would be subject to consents by the Secretary of State for the Environment and the Health and Safety Executive.