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Economic Situation

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2009, Official Report, column 381W, on departmental publications, whether his Department will prepare and publish a background paper on (a) the effects on the Western Isles economy of the closure of the Hebrides Range and (b) the effects of fuel duty on rural hauliers and motorists in Scotland. (291720)

No. There is no plan to close the Hebrides Range; and fuel duty is a matter for the Chancellor of the Exchequer.