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Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what varieties of genetically-modified rapeseed are licensed for use in the UK. (100122)

Licensing decisions on the commercial use of genetically modified (GM) products are taken at EU level. A type of GM oilseed rape known as GT73 received a favourable authorisation decision in August 2005 for import and processing within the EU, although not cultivation. This was under the procedures covered by Directive 2001/18 on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms.

In addition, other EU consents have in the past been issued for the use of GM oilseed rape under the regulations governing the deliberate release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in to the environment. However, in these instances the varieties of GM oilseed rape in question are no longer being marketed in the EU.

Vegetable oil and other materials derived from certain lines of GM oilseed rape are authorised for use in food and animal feed, under regulation (EC) 1829/2003 on GM food and feed.