Delay for regulations on engineered organisms

The UK may be in danger of legal action by the European Commission following the Government's announcement that regulations to implement two EC Directives on genetically manipulated organisms (GMOs) have been delayed.

The two Directives provide for controls on the contained use and deliberate release into the environment of GMOs. The deadline for implementation passed on 23 October 1991. It was only last October that the Government issued draft implementing regulations for consultation, and announced that it intended to introduce the new rules this May (ENDS Report 201, pp 29-31).

But even this deadline will not now be met. In a parliamentary answer,

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