Monday, September 6, 1999 Published at 18:23 GMT 19:23 UK
Assembly pressure over GM crops ban
Campaigners insist the Assembly can ban GM crops in Wales
Friends of the Earth Cymru's legal case outlining the Assembly's powers to stop genetically modified crops being grown in Wales has been presented to Agriculture Secretary Christine Gwyther.
Legal opinion obtained by the environmental pressure group claims that the Assembly could ban the release of genetically-modified organisms into the Welsh environment until they are proved safe.
At a meeting with Ms Gwyther and Assembly officials, representatives of the group were promised a detailed response to the legal opinion within three weeks.
An open letter was published. signed by a wide range of interested individuals, including Assembly Members from all four parties.
The previous month, in June, the Conservative group in the Assembly succeeded in passing a motion proposing that Wales should take a lead in the control of GM foods.
The Conservatives were backed by Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats.
The Labour group, however, abstained, saying that the motion was too vague.