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Genetically Modified Organisms: Food

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what contribution his Department is making to the programme of consumer engagement on genetic modification being undertaken by the Food Standards Agency. (298194)

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is contributing £300,000 towards the Food Standards Agency's programme of consumer engagement on genetic modification. This represents 40 per cent. of the total cost of the programme and is made available as a grant through the Sciencewise Expert Resource Centre for Public Dialogue in Science and Innovation (Sciencewise-ERC). Sciencewise-ERC supports policy makers in the commissioning and use of public dialogue to improve the quality of decision-making in emerging areas of science and technology.