Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Session 2002-03

Session 2002-03

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee today announced a new inquiry into alternative crops, and particularly biofuels.  The Committee has decided that the terms of reference of the inquiry should be:

"Taking account of Energy White Paper 'Our energy future - creating a low carbon economy', as well as any announcements to be made in the Budget, the Committee will consider crops used for purposes other than for providing food and feed.  In particular it will look at their use as sources of fuel.  The Committee will examine:

  • the extent to which alternative crops are already grown in the United Kingdom;

  • what benefits (or costs) would result from expanding their production, and in particular what contribution the use of biofuels might make to sustainable development;

  • what should be done to encourage production; and

  • what examples there are of best practice in other countries from which we can learn."

The Committee invites written evidence which addresses these terms of reference by Friday 28 March. [The form which such evidence should take out is set out below - please note in particular the restriction on length and that it should be submitted by e-mail or on disk].

Oral evidence sessions will be arranged and announced in due course.

Those who wish to make a written submission may do so by Friday 28 March 2003.  It must be submitted in an electronic format, either on disk or preferably by e-mail. It should be in Word or WordPerfect.  If sent by e-mail it should for this inquiry be sent to Richard Kelly.  The e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions should be as brief as possible, and certainly no more than 3,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and it would be helpful to include a brief executive summary.

Those submitting evidence are reminded that evidence should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted no public use should be made of it, but those wishing to publish their evidence before it is published by the Committee are invited to contact the Clerk of the Committee to obtain permission to do so.

Further details of the Committee, including its current membership, can be found on the Committee's homepage   Information about the Committee can also be obtained from 020 7219 3262.