asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether the issue of licensing the commercial growing of genetically modified potatoes will be submitted to the European Commission for decision; and, if so, whether the Government have considered the application of the principle of subsidiarity to this case. [HL4890]
The European Union (EU) has agreed that licensing decisions on the commercial use of genetically modified organisms, including GM potatoes, should be taken collectively at EU level, and in respect of the EU territory as a whole. The Government support this approach, which is consistent with establishing a single EU market.
Genetically modified potatoes have been grown in limited research trials in various European Union countries, including the UK. In accordance with EU legislation, decisions on such trials are taken by the relevant authority in the country where the research is proposed to take place.