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Motor Vehicles: Rural Areas

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will develop policies to assist rural motorists who have no alternative to car transport in areas where petrol prices are particularly high. (219135)

The Government recognise the pressure that record high fuel prices are placing on motorists, particularly those in rural areas. It is for this reason that the UK continues to lead international efforts to address inefficiencies in the international oil market and increase oil price stability.

In addition, it is for this reason that the Chancellor has announced that the planned 2p per litre increase in fuel duty has been postponed for this year. Fuel duty therefore remains at 50.35p per litre, 17 per cent., lower in real terms than in 1999, when the fuel duty escalator was abolished.