§ Joan Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent reports he has received on the safety of genetically modified salmon; and what his policy is on the sale of genetically modified salmon in the UK; 
(2) what information has been received concerning genetically modified salmon bred by A/F Protein Inc.; what European marketing consent exists for such salmon; and what his policy is on licensing the import of genetically modified salmon eggs to the UK. 
§ Ms Stuart
[holding answer 17 April 2000]: No information has been received concerning genetically modified salmon bred by A/F Protein Inc. nor has any application been made to import these salmon or their eggs.
Neither the salmon or their eggs could be imported into the European Community without approval having first been given under either the EC contained use Directive (90/219), the EC deliberate release Directive (90/220) or the EC novel food regulation (258/97).