The UK government is planning to change the law to make it more difficult for the public to object to the commercial development of GM crops, according to environmental pressure group Friends of the Earth (FoE). The group says that it received a leaked confidential note from the Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra) headlined "Draft Submission on Representation and Hearings", which follows the public hearings now underway into the listing of the GM maize variety "CHARDON LL". The hearings are being held because lawyers for FoE discovered the public's right to demand them under the "Seeds (National List of Varieties) Regulations.