To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department has provided for research and development into biogas production and trials for farmers in Wales.
Since 2000, DEFRA has spent £720,000 on research and development into biogas production. Current work includes the UK contribution to a EU FP7 Biogas project (£300,000 over four years). This project is due to complete in 2010 and will result in a synthesis of information required to assess the development of a sustainable biogas industry in the UK.
DEFRA holds the research and development budget and commission research relevant to England and Wales.