HC Deb 27 November 2002 vol 395 cc275-6W
Gregory Barker

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with BABFO, the trade association for the liquid biofuels industry, on what research and development work is required to drive this new industry forward. [81963]

Mr. Meacher

The Department has held a number of discussions with BABFO on research and development work. The views of industry, including BABFO, are taken into account when research and development is commissioned and will be particularly helpful when the Department considers future research needs as part of the planned review of the bio-energy programme in early 2003.