To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to contribute to meeting the Government's targets on the use of biofuels.
A number of companies are building, or planning to build, biofuel processing plants in the United Kingdom (UK) which will use UK-grown crops such as oilseed rape, wheat and sugar beet as feedstocks.
Farmers can claim the single payment for biofuel crops grown on set-aside land or where the €45 per hectare energy aid payment is claimed for crops on non-set-aside land.
We are also developing carbon and sustainability standards to encourage supply of fuels giving the greatest environmental benefits. We are pressing the EU to take a lead in establishing internationally agreed standards in this area.