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Unleaded Petrol (Mi)

Volume 113: debated on Wednesday 25 March 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy that service stations on the M1 between London and Wakefield should be contractually obliged to serve unleaded petrol; and if he will make a statement.

The terms of the current leases for motorway service areas do not entitle us to impose a requirement of this kind.Unleaded petrol is already on sale at three service areas — Rothersthorpe on M1, Killington Lake on M6 and South Mimms on M25. We intend to remind operators at other areas (and through them, the firms providing fuel) of the tax differential announced in the budget. We will encourage them to make early provision of lead-free petrol.