[Mr. David Amess in the Chair] — Biofuels

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:02 pm on 5th June 2008.

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Photo of Dari Taylor Dari Taylor Labour, Stockton South 3:02 pm, 5th June 2008

I am sorry, but I am far too old to accept experts per se. The hon. Lady said what she did with serious integrity, and I respect that absolutely, but I am far too old—I will not say how old I am—to be taken in. Over the past 40 years, I have seen many expert reports that have been shelved. I do, of course, take note, but I am not absolutely convinced.

To conclude, I cannot support the Committee's recommendation that a moratorium should be placed on the work and research that is being done on biofuels or on their usage. The technology is persuasive, and I am looking forward to much more being achieved. We have an urgent problem. On the whole, climate change is destructive, and it is time that we put our minds to tackling it. Our energy demands are increasing significantly, but supply is decreasing. We must therefore press ahead with biofuels and hope that they achieve all that they are capable of achieving.