Mr. Speaker, I have the honour to present, in both official languages, the third report of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development entitled Biotechnology Regulation in Canada, A Matter of Public Confidence .
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) the committee considered the topic of federal regulation on biotechnology in Canada.
The report contains six recommendations. An important recommendation is the creation of a national advisory commission to provide advice on the safety and appropriateness of the technology. The committee also considers that a gene law may be necessary in the future for the evolving field of biotechnology in large part because of the important ethical questions raised by recombinant DNA technology.