Marketing of Maize Genetically Modified for Glyphosate Tolerance

European Union Documents – in the House of Commons at 5:02 pm on 23rd June 2004.

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That this House takes note of European Union Document No.8235/04, draft Council Decision concerning the placing on the market, in accordance with Directive 2001/18/EC, of a maize product (Zea mays L Line NK603) genetically modified for glyphosate tolerance; and supports the Government's view that Monsanto's NK603 maize, to be used as any other maize but excluding cultivation, meets the necessary requirements for authorisation under Directive 2001/18/EC.—[Mr. Ainger.]

The House divided: Ayes 282, Noes 66.

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Question accordingly agreed to.

Photo of John Whittingdale John Whittingdale Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

On a point of order, Mr. Deputy Speaker. I seek your guidance. When the motion on which the House has just divided was debated in European Standing Committee A on Monday, I made it clear that the official Opposition had some concerns about the motion, but that we would not oppose it. However, not only did the Liberal Democrats not oppose the motion then, but no Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament attended the Committee. Is it in order for the Liberal Democrats to divide the House when they could not even be bothered to turn up when the matter was debated?

Photo of Michael Lord Michael Lord Deputy Speaker (Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means)

That is not a point of order for the Chair—[Interruption.] Order. It is much more a matter for debate. How Members vote this evening is entirely a matter for them, but the point that the hon. Gentleman has made is obviously on the record.