Genetically Modified Organisms

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th January 2012.

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Photo of The Countess of Mar The Countess of Mar Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 2 November 2011 (WA 264), why the Oxitec document Eliminating tetracycline contamination placed in the Library of the House of Lords on 1 November 2011 was redacted so that information relating to the 15 per cent survival rate of genetically modified mosquitoes in the presence of low levels of the antibiotic tetracycline was removed.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Information was redacted from the document on the grounds of commercial confidentiality, in line with the relevant European Union legislation. In general, the redactions related to descriptions of specific processes or techniques developed by Oxitec to ensure effective rearing of the mosquitoes.

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