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Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2006, Official Report, column 1433, on bio-fuels, what estimate he has made of how much palm oil was used for bio-fuel in 2006. (116983)

The UK imported 633,000 tonnes of palm oil in 2005, the last full year for which figures are available. However, palm oil is used in many processed foods, cosmetics and detergents, as well as in biofuels.

We do not hold statistics on the use of palm oil. From 1 April 2008, the renewable transport fuel obligation (RTFO) will require a declaration of sustainability to help identify sources of biofuels.