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Roads: Snow and Ice

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 14 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what steps he is taking to seek to ensure that disruption to road transportation caused by adverse weather conditions does not lead to fuel shortages in (a) the north of England and (b) the rest of the country. (310554)

[holding answer 13 January 2010]: On Wednesday 6 January, the Department for Transport convened the Salt Cell—a collaborative task force involving the devolved Administrations, the Highways Agency and local government.

The Salt Cell has been monitoring salt supplies and advising salt suppliers on the priorities for salt distribution to ensure that we keep major routes open across the whole country, including major distribution routes for fuel and food. In particular, it has worked hard with delivery partners to ensure that power stations remain accessible.

The Government have also relaxed enforcement on drivers' hours regulations for drivers involved in the distribution of heating oil and liquid petroleum gas to expedite the delivery of heating and fuel supplies.