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Petrol Stations

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to require details of additives to petrol and diesel by refineries to be displayed to customers at the point of sale at petrol stations. (126123)

I have no plans to impose such a requirement, since to do so would place a burden on industry without significantly adding to the protection available to consumers.

Fuels can contain a wide range of additives. Information on the composition of these would be unlikely to be comprehensible to motorists and may well be proprietary to the fuel supplier.

It is unlikely that such a requirement would have prevented the recent incident in which fuel was found to be contaminated with silicon, since the contaminant had not been deliberately added to the fuel at any stage and the suppliers were unaware of its presence.