Biofuels: Subsidies

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27 April 2007.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the subsidies which are paid to encourage the growing of biofuels.

Photo of Ian Pearson Ian Pearson Minister of State (Climate Change and the Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The EU's annual €45/ha Energy Aid payment is available to farmers for purpose-grown biofuel crops grown on non set-aside land. Farmers can also receive the Single Payment for purpose-grown biofuel crops on set-aside or where the EU's €45 per hectare energy aid payment is claimed for crops on non set-aside land.

Support for energy crops is also provided by Research and Development funding from DEFRA to increase yields and reduce inputs.

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