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Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission

Volume 455: debated on Monday 15 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Government plan to replace the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission. (113094)

The Government have no plans at this time to replace the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission, which was wound up in April 2005 following an independent review. The Government currently receive independent advice from the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment, which provides advice on the safety of proposed GM crop releases, while other existing bodies, such as the Sustainable Development Commission and the Science Advisory Council, provide expert and strategic advice on the interface between agriculture and the environment.