Written Answers. - Biotechnology Issues.

Denis Naughten

Question:

217 Mr. Naughten asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when she will publish the final report of the interdepartmental group on modern biotechnology; when she will present it to Cabinet; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20360/00]

The necessary consultations with other Departments on the report of the interdepartmental group on modern biotechnology have been completed. The report will be presented to Government in the near future. Following its presentation to Government, the report will be published as quickly as possible on my Department's website.

The interdepartmental group has conducted a wide-ranging review of the issues and sought to produce a balanced report which takes account of the benefits and risks of modern biotechnology. Its report will contribute to the continuing public debate about genetic modification and modern biotechnology.