Reply from Robert Sturdy MEP
To the letters sent by Cath and Heather Godard-Key
3rd December 2013
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    From: Robert Sturdy MEP <>
Date: Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM
Subject: Re: Urgent message re. European Law proposal re.Plant reproductive material
To: Cath Sanderson <>

Dear Ms Sanderson

Thank you for contacting my office about your concerns the European Commission's Proposal on Plant Reproductive Material that was published on 6 May 2013.

The Commission's proposal has been debated in the Agriculture Committee and is currently going through the process of amendments and a Committee vote will be taken in January. Then a vote by the entire Parliament will be taken during a Plenary session, currently scheduled for April 2014.

I have shared your comments with my Conservative colleague, Julie Girling, who is leading on this file. She has assured me that she will be working closely with the rapporteur of the file, Mr Silvestris, and the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. She is looking at amendments that will create exceptions for home gardeners to ensure that commercial gardening is distinguished from recreational gardening.

For the moment, for any detailed questions you may have about the specifics of the proposal, I refer you to the European Commission's website.

Personally, as a farmer and a former seed producer I certainly do not want to see the Commission closing off opportunities for any varieties of seed, including those produced by small agricultural businesses. Having diversity in seed types is vital for the overall biodiversity of our ecosystems and for cross-pollination. Rest assured that I and my Conservative colleagues will be working to insure that British gardeners, horticultural businesses and farmers get the best possible deal.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Sturdy MEP

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