Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Department of Finance
Question 257: To ask the Minister for Finance if, in view of the commitment to introduce a carbon budget in the Revised Programme for Government and to introduce carbon taxes to keep Ireland's Kyoto commitments and reduce the threat of millions of euro in penalties, he will clarify from a policy perspective if lower carbon fuels such as locally produced biofuels would be exempt from additional surcharges for carbon emissions on oil based fuels such as petrol and diesel; if this issue will be discussed in advance of the Budget 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37972/09]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 257 and 266 together.
These questions relate to potential Budgetary measures. It is the usual practice for the Minister for Finance not to speculate or comment in advance of the Budget what it will contain and I do not propose to deviate from that practice.