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Excise Duties: Biofuels

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the written ministerial statement of 13 November 2008, Official Report, columns 66-7WS, on the Draft Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (Amendment) Order 2009, if he will reassess the merits of his plans to remove the fuel duty rebate for biofuels in 2010-11 following the discovery of the drafting error in the 2007 Order. (244548)

The Department for Transport is currently consulting on the Draft Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (Amendment) Order 2009, which closes on 17 December 2008. The amendment being consulted upon does not affect the long term future of biofuels in the UK.

The Government's policy to remove the fuel duty differential from 2010-11, and to encourage the development of the cleanest, most sustainable biofuels through the RTFO, remains unaffected.