Developing Countries: Biofuels

International Development written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Rushanara Ali Rushanara Ali Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to the EU Development Council meeting of 14 May 2012, what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on biofuels and their effect on (a) developing countries and (b) world food prices.

Photo of Andrew Mitchell Andrew Mitchell The Secretary of State for International Development

Biofuels were not on the agenda at the EU Development Council meeting on 14 May. Some EU Development Ministers mentioned biofuels as an example of ensuring policy coherence in their intervention when discussing other issues under the wider EU development agenda.

I have not had formal discussions on biofuels with my European counterparts. My Department is working closely with other UK Government Departments, including the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department for Transport to address key concerns related to the impact of biofuels on food prices and on developing countries. These concerns have been also addressed in the DECC 'UK Bioenergy Strategy' published in April.

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