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Transport Fuel

Volume 405: debated on Friday 16 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what strategic planning she is carrying out to ensure adequate supply and distribution of retail motor transport fuels in (a) urban and (b) rural areas. [113280]

The Department is working in close collaboration with the industry and other Government Departments so that robust and effective emergency plans and response measures are in place in the event of any possible supply disruption.The issue of adequate supply of transport fuels is also being address by the Downstream Oil Industry Forum. I initiated the forum last year to address industry concerns about:

  • Oil products supply infrastructure
  • Services to motorists in rural areas

The Forum agreed that all urban areas are well placed with adequate supplies of transport fuels. However, rural areas are an issue, and the forum initiated a Rural Task Force to investigate how the needs of the rural motorist can be served.