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I am sure that the noble Baroness will not be surprised to hear me say that there is no need for the amendment, because the current Act and regulations already provide the Secretary of State with powers to revoke or restrict release consent without notice and at any time. The control of genetically modified organisms is under a wider European regulatory framework set out in Directive 90/220, which secures the protection of human health and the environment before the release and marketing of GMOs and establishes a single market for GMO products.
The UK would take a leading role in the event of a European Community-wide decision to prohibit GMOs. The existing regulatory framework already deals adequately with the possibility of it being judged that prohibition was justified. An individual member state may also prohibit the use or sale of a GMO on its territory. The legislation already requires that once agreement has been reached at European level to revoke consent all member states shall comply with the ruling. Revocation of consent would follow automatically.
To bring together the remarks that I made about a number of the noble Baroness's amendments in Committee, this amendment is unnecessary, inappropriate and otiose. Otherwise I see no objection to it. If the noble Baroness wishes to add to the length of her Bill, she is free to do so.
Baroness Miller of Hendon: Yes, my Lords, otiose. I was not sure because I did not quite hear the word, but I knew that there was a third. I am delighted that, unlike last week, the noble Lord did not say that my amendments contravened any laws. I am pleased that he is happy for me to put the amendment in my Bill.
Lord Davies of Oldham: My Lords, I understand that no amendments have been set down to this Bill and that no noble Lord has indicated a wish to move a manuscript amendment or to speak in Committee. Therefore, unless any noble Lord objects, I beg to move that the order of commitment be discharged.
Lord Annan: My Lords, on Second Reading I urged the Government to have the courage to impose a ban on driving and speaking at the same time with a hand-held telephone. As an example of the courage needed, I cited the case of Mrs Barbara Castle, as she then was, and the legislation that she introduced on seat belts. I subsequently received a letter from the noble Lord, Lord Campbell of Croy, who, with his customary courtesy, said that it was he who, in the 1980s, had been responsible for the Bill that enforced the wearing of seat belts.
The Earl of Halsbury: My Lords, I do not know whether it is in order for me to describe what I met on my way here this morning. I saw a lady talking into a telephone in her right hand, while with her left hand--
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