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Horticulture (Fuel Costs)

Volume 929: debated on Monday 4 April 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will set out the estimated price rise in the costs of heating oils announced in the Budget Statement and used by the horticulture industry; and whether refunds of hydrocarbon duty will offset such increases.

The increase in the price of heating oils used by the horticultural industry resulting from the Budget Statement is estimated to be 1½p per gallon. The repayment of excise duties on oil used for heating and soil sterilisation by horticulturists has been increased to offset the rise in price.