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Mr. David Heath: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list research funded by his Department into GM food and crops giving (a) the research project title, (b) the project reference number, (c) the research contractors, (d) the date on which the research was completed or is due to be completed and (e) the date on which the results will be published. [101751]

Ms Quin [holding answer 9 December 1999]: Research projects funded by my Department and relevant to genetic modification are listed in a table which has been placed in the Library. The research aims to further the understanding of the safety of genetically modified foods and of the risks genetically modified crops might pose to the agricultural environment. The research also underpins the science needed to understand gene function and to improve the technology of genetic modification, for example by limiting gene expression to specific plant

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tissues or improving stability of genes. Final reports of the projects are listed on the MAFF website usually within three months of the end of the project, the results of the research are also published in the scientific literature.


Sir Teddy Taylor: To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food which items of food are subject to overproduction within the EU; what quantities are involved; and what the change in the situation has been in the last year. [102631]

Ms Quin: The figures for food put into EU public intervention together with the percentage change in intervention stocks over the last 12 months are shown in the following table.

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Changes in levels of major intervention stocks over the last 12 months in the EU

Intervention stocks (thousand tonnes)
Commodity19981999Percentage changeReference date
Cereals (Total)11,80912,7378October
Dairy Products
Skimmed Milk Powder20522610October
Olive Oil10025-75October