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Excise Duties: Biofuels

Volume 457: debated on Tuesday 6 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to increase the duty on bio-diesel for leisure boat use; and if he will make a statement. (124704)

The derogation under the Energy Products Directive that permitted a reduced rate of duty on fuel used in private pleasure craft expired at 31 December 2006. Primary legislation will be required to end this concession, and until the law changes private pleasure craft users will continue to be eligible for partial repayment relief on 100 per cent. bio-diesel.