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Fuels: EU Action

Transport written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

Elements of the Fuel Quality Directive, dealing with the composition of petrol, diesel and non-road gas oil are implemented by the Motor Fuel (Composition and Content) Regulations 1999 as amended. These regulations were most recently amended at the end of 2010 to implement amendments made by Directive 2009/30/EC. These included reducing the maximum permissible sulphur content of non-road gas oil, introducing maximum permissible manganese content limits for petrol and diesel and increasing the maximum permissible ethanol content of petrol. These are mandatory requirements which the UK was obliged to transpose by the end of 2010 in order to help reduce air pollution and remove barriers to increased use of biofuels.

I also refer the hon. Member to my written statement of 7 November 2011, Hansard, column 8WS, which explains our proposals for implementation of article 7a of the Fuel Quality Directive and to my answer given on 31 October 2011, Hansard, column 415W, to Dr Lewis.

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