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Genetically Modified Crops Bill [H.L.]

This is the Genetically Modified Crops Bill [H.L.], as introduced in the House of Lords on 24th February 1999.

Genetically Modified Crops Bill [H.L.]
1.Consents for genetically modified organisms for agricultural purposes.
2.Short title.





Regulate the use of certain genetically modified organisms for agricultural purposes.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

Consents for genetically modified organisms for agricultural purposes.     1. - (1) Section 111 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 is amended as follows.
      (2) In subsection (1)(a), at the beginning insert "if the genetically modified organisms are plants or seeds for agricultural purposes and".
      (3) In subsection (8), after "may", in the first place in which it occurs, insert ", subject to subsection (8A),".
      (4) After subsection (8), insert-
    "(8A) The Secretary of State shall not grant a consent for the release or marketing of genetically modified organisms which are plants and seeds for agricultural purposes until-
    (a) he has received the results of research on the effect of the use of such organisms,
    (b) he has laid before each House of Parliament a report containing those results,
    (c) in the light of that report he has prepared guidelines relating to the granting of a consent under this section, and
    (d) the guidelines have been approved by resolution of each House."
      (5) At the end insert-
    "(12) In this section "agricultural" has the meaning given in the Food and Environment Protection Act 1985."
Short title.     2. This Act may be cited as the Genetically Modified Crops Act 1999.

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