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Excise Duties: Fuels

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2008, Official Report, column 2212W, on motor vehicles: petrol alternatives, what the differentials in fuel duty are for (a) petrol, (b) diesel, (c) natural gas/biogas, (d) hydrogen and (e) bioethanol; and what changes are planned in these rates for the future. (203168)

Duty rates are available from HMRC’s website at: www.hmrc.gov.uk The current rates are 50.35p per litre for petrol and diesel; 13.70p per kilogram (the equivalent of 9.47p per litre) for natural gas, including biogas and hydrogen used in an internal combustion engine; and 30.35p per litre for bioethanol.

Budget 2008 announced that the duty differential for natural gas would remain at its equivalent level until 2010, the duty differential for biogas would remain at its current level at least until Budget 2012, and the duty differential for biofuels would cease from 2010, with future support for biofuels being provided under the renewable transport fuel obligation.