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Petrol Price (Northern Ireland)

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 12 April 1945

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the increased cost that citizens of Northern Ireland have to pay for petrol compared with that for the rest of the United Kingdom; and, in view of the fact that Northern Ireland is nearer to the sources of supply than many parts of Great Britain, why is there not a uniform price for the United Kingdom as a whole.

The price of petrol in Northern Ireland is ½ d. per gallon more than in England, Wales and South Scotland, due to the low density of consumption, and the higher costs of distribution thereby incurred. This factor precludes a uniform price in the United Kingdom as a whole and necessitates a higher price in Northern Ireland, North Scotland and outlying districts than in the main consuming areas.