Clause 3 - Restrictions on release of precision bred organism in England

Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill – in the House of Commons at 8:30 pm on 31st October 2022.

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Amendment proposed: 3, page 3, line 35, at end insert—

“(c) the organism has been developed for or in connection with one or more of the following purposes—

(i) producing food in a way that protects or enhances a healthy, resilient and biodiverse natural environment;

(ii) growing and managing plants or animals in a way that mitigates or adapts to climate change;

(iii) producing food in a way that prevents, reduces or protects from environmental hazards;

(iv) protecting or improving the health or welfare of animals;

(v) conserving native animals or genetic resources relating to any such animal;

(vi) protecting or improving the health of plants;

(vii) reducing the use of pesticides and artificial fertiliser;

(viii) conserving plants grown or used in carrying on an agricultural, horticultural or forestry activity, their wild relatives or genetic resources relating to any such plant;

(ix) protecting or improving the quality of soil;

(x) supporting or improving human health and well-being;

(xi) supporting or improving the sustainable use of resources.”—(Daniel Zeichner.)

This amendment would require that a precision bred organism has been developed to provide a public benefit, if it is to be released into the environment.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

Division number 83 Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill — Clause 3 - Restrictions on release of precision bred organism in England

Aye: 136 MPs

No: 279 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

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Nos: A-Z by last name

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The House divided: Ayes 136, Noes 279.

Question accordingly negatived.