Written Answers. - Genetically Modified Plants.

Tuesday, 11 March 1997

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 476 No. 2

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  108.  Mr. Sargent  Information on Trevor Sargent  Zoom on Trevor Sargent   asked the Minister for the Environment  Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin   if he will accede to the Green Party, Comhaontas Glas, call for an oral hearing on the proposed field trials of genetically modified sugar beet in spring 1997 in counties Carlow, Kilkenny and Cork in view of the public concern over the proposed introduction of genetically modified foods to Ireland and Irish agriculture. [6708/97]

Minister for the Environment (Mr. Howlin): Information on Brendan Howlin  Zoom on Brendan Howlin  The determination of notifications for consent to conduct field trials of genetically modified plants is a matter for the Environmental Protection Agency under the provisions of the Genetically Modified Organisms Regulations, 1994. The regulations, having regard to Council Directive 90/220/EEC on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms, provide inter alia, for public notice to be given of all proposed field trials and for written representations from any person or body to be taken into consideration by the Environmental Protection Agency in determining notifications. There is no provision for oral hearings in such cases.


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