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Genetically Modified Crops

Church Commissioners written question – answered on 15th September 2003.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what the Commissioners' policy is in respect of genetically modified crops.

Photo of Stuart Bell Stuart Bell Second Church Estates Commissioner

The Church Commissioners do not permit the growing of genetically modified crops on their land. This policy reflects advice offered by the Church of England's Ethical Investment Advisory Group in 2000, endorsed by the Commissioners and available in full on the Church of England's website at http://www.cofe.anglican.org/view/gmos.rtf. The House of Commons Library holds a copy.

The group will keep its advice to the Church Commissioners under review in the light of any new evidence, and scientific peer group commentary upon it, arising from the three-year programme of farm scale trials. The Church Commissioners will consider any new advice offered by the group in due course.

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