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Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked her Majesty's Government:

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    (d) the dates upon which they were provided with any further data by virtue of each such approval given; and


    (e) the nature of, and their conclusions on, any such further data.[HL41]

Baroness Hayman: None. The Government have decided not to grant a commercial level of approval--i.e. a full or provisonal approval--to any herbicide products containing glufosinate ammonium for use on a crop genetically modified to be tolerant to that particular pesticide product unless and until such a time as the crop itself is legally on the market.

Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In respect of the herbicide glufosinate ammonium and its use on genetically modified crops, what consents, if any, they have given under Regulation 6(b) of the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986; and where and when they published such consents.[HL44]

Baroness Hayman: None. Consents are published as Schedules 1 to 4 inclusive of the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986, as amended by the Control of Pesticides (Amendment) Regulations 1997. I shall write to the noble Lord to explain how these relate to particular approvals and the relationship between consents imposed under the pesticides legislation and the conditions conferred on individual pesticide approvals.

Food Safety: WTO Trade Negotiations

Lord Beaumont of Whitley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have consulted the Food Standards Agency concerning any possible implications for food safety of a millennium round of trade negotiations; and, if so, what advice they have received.[HL114]

Baroness Hayman: The scope of the forthcoming round of trade negotiations in the World Trade Organisation has not yet been decided and it is not clear whether the WTO Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (which sets out rules for trade measures to protect food safety, animal and plant health) will be included.

The Food Standards Agency will be formally established in spring 2000. It will be fully consulted on any changes which may be proposed to the WTO SPS agreement or other WTO agreements which may have a bearing on its responsibilities.



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