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Naval Service: Minimum Age of Deployment

Baroness Lockwood asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Gilbert): Following a review of the policy on deployment of young people into operational service in Royal Navy vessels and Royal Marine units we have decided that, with immediate effect, Naval Service personnel will not be so deployed below the age of 17. Recruitment and training at age 16 will, however, continue. This change brings the Naval Service into line with practice in the Army and RAF.

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Government Departments: US Computer Equipment

Lord Dean of Beswick asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many American computer companies have contracts with departments of state; with which departments; and what is the value of these contracts both by department and globally.[HL3410]

The Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): The Government's policy on the procurement of IT goods and services, as with all government purchasing, is to obtain the best value for money. Information on contracts placed with American companies is not held centrally and can only be provided at disproportionate cost.

New Zealand: Agricultural Subsidy Policy

Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, in preparing to reform the common agricultural policy, they have commissioned any studies of the effect on the New Zealand rural economy of the withdrawal of all agricultural subsidies; if not, why not; and if so, whether they propose to publish the results.[HL3337]

The Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Lord Donoughue): The Government are well aware of the substantial reforms which have been achieved in New Zealand's agricultural policy. A number of studies of the New

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Zealand experience are available. In particular, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published such an assessment in Agricultural Policy Reform and the Rural Economy in OECD Countries (OECD, 1998). There has been no need for the Government to commission additional studies.

Genetically Modified Plant Varieties: Seed Listing

Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether applications for national seed listing for genetically modified varieties will be proceeded with in the absence of a marketing consent for such modified varieties.[HL3392]

Lord Donoughue: National list tests and trials cannot take place until a consent to release has been obtained under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release) Regulations 1992 (as amended in 1995 and 1997) and they must comply with any conditions imposed in such release consents. It is not necessary to have a marketing consent for national list tests and trials to proceed.

Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they expect to make a decision in respect of each application for national seed listing of genetically modified varieties.[HL3393]

Lord Donoughue: The information requested is as follows:

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Application numberSpeciesNL applicantEstimated date of proposed NL decision(*)
45/798Sugar BeetKleinwanzlebener Saatzucht AG., GermanyApril 2000
45/822Sugar BeetNovartis Seeds AB., SwedenApril 2000
45/813Sugar BeetDanisco Seeds, UKApril 2000
45/774Sugar BeetHilleshog AB., SwedenApril 1999
45/749Sugar BeetKleinwanzlebener Saatzucht AG., GermanyApril 1999
51/833MaizeVan Der Have, NetherlandsFebruary 2000
35/959Spring Oilseed RapePlant Genetic Systems, BelgiumLate 1998/Early 1999
35/960Spring Oilseed RapePlant Genetic Systems, BelgiumLate 1998/Early 1999
35/1016Winter Oilseed RapeDeutsche Saatveredelung GmbH., GermanySpring 1999
35/1174Winter Oilseed RapePlant Genetic Systems, BelgiumNovember 1999
35/1175Winter Oilseed RapePlant Genetic Systems, BelgiumNovember 1999
35/1184Winter Oilseed RapeMonsanto Crop Protection, UKNovember 1999
35/1185Winter Oilseed RapeMonsanto Crop Protection, UKNovember 1999
35/1205Spring Oilseed RapeCalgene Inc., USANovember 1999
35/1206Spring Oilseed RapeCalgene Inc., USANovember 1999
35/1210Spring Oilseed RapePlant Genetic Systems, BelgiumNovember 1999
35/1211Spring Oilseed RapePlant Genetic Systems, BelgiumNovember 1999
35/1222Spring Oilseed RapePioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., USANovember 1999
35/1316Winter Oilseed RapePlant Genetic Systems, BelgiumNovember 2000
35/1318Winter Oilseed RapePlant Genetic Systems, BelgiumNovember 2000

(*) It is not the practice to publish national list proposals until the marketing consents required under Directive 90/220/EEC have been promulgated by the Competent Authority.


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Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What are the corresponding genetically modified release consents in respect of each of the national

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    seed list applications received, indicating the application and consent numbers and dates; and, if different from the national list applications, the applicant's name.[HL3394]

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Lord Donoughue: The information requested is as follows:

Application NumberSpeciesDate of NL ApplicationNL ApplicantDETR Release Consent Reference (and holder if different from NL applicant) and date granted
45/798Sugar Beet31/12/97Kleinwanzlebe ner Saatzucht AG., Germany97/R19/13 (AGREVO)--Application 20/1/97 Granted--17/3/97
45/822Sugar Beet14/1/98Novartis Seeds AB., Sweden96/R21/4--Application 24/12/96
Granted--25/2/97
45/813Sugar Beet14/1/98Danisco Seeds, UK96/R21/4 (NOVARTIS)--Application 24/12/96
Granted--5/2/97
45/774Sugar Beet15/1/97Hilleshog AB., Sweden96/R21/4 (NOVARTIS)--Application 24/12/96
Granted--5/2/97
45/749Sugar Beet7/1/97Kleinwanzlebe ner Saatzucht AG., Germany97/R19/13 (AGREVO)--Application 20/1/97 Granted--17/3/97
51/833Maize16/1/98Van Der Have, Netherlands96/R13/6 (SHARPES)--Application 23/2/96
Granted--2/4/96
35/959Spring Oilseed Rape14/12/95Plant Genetic Systems, Belgium95/R15/15--Application 20/11/95 Granted--3/1/96
35/960Spring Oilseed Rape14/12/95Plant Genetic Systems, Belgium95/R15/15--Application 20/11/95 Granted--3/1/96
35/1016Winter Oilseed Rape13/8/96Deutsche Saatveredelung GmbH., Germany96/R27/1 (PERRYFIELDS)--Application 19/6/96 Granted--6/8/96
35/1174Winter Oilseed Rape28/8/97Plant Genetic Systems, Belgium97/R15/20--Application 9/6/97 Granted--1/8/97
35/1175Winter Oilseed Rape28/8/97Plant Genetic Systems, Belgium97/R15/20--Application 9/6/97 Granted--1/8/97
35/1184Winter Oilseed Rape11/8/97Monsanto Crop Protection, UK96/R22/6--Application 20/6/96 Granted--6/8/96
35/1185Winter Oilseed Rape11/8/97Monsanto Crop Protection, UK96/R22/6--Application 20/6/96 Granted--6/8/96
35/1205Spring Oilseed Rape12/12/97Calgene Inc., USA97/R28/2 (KINGS)--Application 21/10/97
Granted--19/3/98
35/1206Spring Oilseed Rape12/12/97Calgene Inc., USA97/R28/2 (KINGS)--Application 21/10/97
Granted--19/3/98
35/1210Spring Oilseed Rape12/1/98Plant Genetic Systems, Belgium97/R15/23--Application 8/12/97 Granted--19/3/98
35/1211Spring Oilseed Rape12/1/98Plant Genetic Systems, Belgium97/R15/23--Application 8/12/97 Granted--19/3/98
35/1222Spring Oilseed Rape16/12/97Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., USA97/R24/2--Application 5/1/98 Granted--1/4/98
35/1316Winter Oilseed Rape11/8/98Plant Genetic Systems, Belgium98/R15/24--Application 16/2/98 Granted--10/7/98
35/1318Winter Oilseed Rape11/8/98Plant Genetic Systems, Belgium98/R15/24--Application 16/2/98 Granted--10/7/98

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Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list, in respect of any tests and trials which are being or have been conducted in respect of each of the national seed list applications,

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    the names of the persons conducting the tests, the dates thereof and which tests have been completed.[HL3395]

Lord Donoughue: The information requested is as follows.

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Application numberSpeciesEarliest sowing dates of DUS tests and VCU trialsResponsible organisation for tests and trials
45/798Sugar Beet17/3/98NIAB-DUS NIAB and BSBSPA-VCU
45/822Sugar Beet17/3/98NIAB-DUS NIAB and BSBSPA-VCU
45/813Sugar Beet17/3/98NIAB-DUS NIAB and BSBSPA-VCU
45/774Sugar Beet17/3/97NIAB-DUS NIAB and BSBSPA-VCU
45/749Sugar Beet17/3/97NIAB-DUS NIAB and BSBSPA-VCU
51/833Maize3/5/98DUS Tested by French Authorities NIAB and BSPB-VCU
35/959Spring Oilseed Rape27/3/96NIAB-DUS NIAB and SAC-VCU(*)
35/960Spring Oilseed Rape27/3/96NIAB-DUS NIAB and SAC-VCU(*)
35/1016Winter Oilseed Rape26/8/96NIAB-DUS NIAB and BSPB-VCU
35/1174Winter Oilseed Rape29/8/97NIAB-DUS NIAB and BSPB-VCU
35/1175Winter Oilseed Rape29/8/97NIAB-DUS NIAB and BSPB-VCU
35/1184Winter Oilseed Rape29/8/97NIAB-DUS NIAB and BSPB-VCU
35/1185Winter Oilseed Rape29/8/97NIAB-DUS NIAB and BSPB-VCU
35/1205Spring Oilseed Rape24/3/98NIAB-DUS NIAB and SAC-VCU
35/1206Spring Oilseed Rape24/3/98NIAB-DUS NIAB and SAC-VCU
35/1210Spring Oilseed Rape24/3/98NIAB-DUS NIAB and SAC-VCU
35/1211Spring Oilseed Rape24/3/98NIAB-DUS NIAB and SAC-VCU
35/1222Spring Oilseed Rape8/4/98NIAB-DUS; NOT SOWN(**) NIAB and SAC-VCU
35/1316Winter Oilseed Rape1/9/98NIAB-DUS NIAB and BSPB-VCU
35/1318Winter Oilseed Rape1/9/98NIAB-DUS NIAB and BSPB-VCU

DUS = Tests to establish Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability.

VCU = Trials to establish Value for Cultivation and Use in the UK.

NIAB = National Institute of Agricultural Botany, Cambridge.

SAC = Scottish Agricultural College, Aberdeen.

BSBSPA = British Sugar Beet Seed Producers Association.

BSPB = British Society of Plant Breeders'.

(*) Tests and trials are completed. These varieties have been sown for reference collection purposes by virtue of their certificate of Plant Breeder's Rights, under Marketing Release consent 96/158/EC.

It is not the practice to publish national list proposals until the marketing consents required under Directive 90/220/EEC have been promulgated by the Competent Authority.

No (*) annotation indicates that tests and trials are ongoing.

(**) DUS test plots were not sown for this variety on 24 March 1998 as the Deliberate Release Consent was granted until 1 April 1998. The variety has been sown in 1998 VCU trials only.


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Glufosinate Ammonium: Use as Pesticides

Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have received an application for the use of glufosinate ammonium on genetically engineered crop varieties as a broad spectrum herbicide on the growing crop; and, if so, which company made the application and for which crop varieties; and when the decision will be announced.[HL3396]

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Lord Donoughue: To date the Ministry's Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD) has received seven applications for approval for the use of glufosinate ammonium on genetically engineered crops. For commercial confidentiality reasons, details of any application for the approval of a pesticide are not made publicly available. However, in line with PSD's normal procedures, should an approval be given for such a use, details of it will be published in the Stationery Office publication The Pesticides Register.



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