The Adjournment Debate, on the Future of Biomass, was introduced by the Member for Blackley and Broughton, Graham Stringer MP. Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, represented the Government. Although carbon issues and health concerns were raised in the debate, there was a significant exchange on the subsidy for woody biomass and its impact on the price of wood.
Graham Jones MP, Labour Member for Hyndburn and a member of the Furniture Industry All-Party Parliamentary Group, raised the concerns of the furniture industry. He referred to Senator in his constituency: “In the past five years we have seen wood prices rise by 55% because of biomass subsidies. An employer in my constituency, the furniture manufacturer Senator, which employs about 1,000 people has to compete against rising wood prices simply because of the biomass subsidy. Should not the Government consider the impact of biomass subsidies on employment in furniture manufacturers and other wood-using companies, as well as the impact on the environment?” (Hansard, 20 February 2012, Cols. 717)