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Fuel and Food Prices

Asked about John Hutton’s idea for an immediate announcement on fuel prices, the PMS said that both the decision and the timing of any announcement were matters for the Chancellor.

Asked about a report being published next week on energy, the PMS said that there was a paper on food being published in the next week or so and this had been discussed at Cabinet this morning.

Asked if the paper was about rising food prices, the PMS said that it looked at the issue of the global increase in commodity prices, including food prices, and what that meant for the UK.

Asked if the paper was also about biofuels, the PMS said that there was a separate review on biofuels, which was being conducted by Professor Ed Gallagher and would also be published within the next week.

Asked if the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) was publishing the food report, the PMS said that Defra had the main policy lead on this subject, although it covered a number of departments. The analysis had been produced by the Cabinet Office Strategy Unit, but the discussion at Cabinet this morning had been introduced and led by Hilary Benn.

Asked if the food report would come up with any particular UK solutions to the problems we were facing, the PMS said that we should wait for the paper to be published, but that it certainly looked at what the issues were for the UK.

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