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Energy Costs (Highlands and Islands)

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 10 March 2010

I wish to present a petition framed in similar terms to that presented by my hon. Friend and neighbour the Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander), which, too, has been signed by a significant number of my constituents. In so doing, I would like to underscore the point that he made about the deep unfairnesses and practical injustices—not least this winter, of all winters—that have been experienced by both sets of constituents and by many thousands of others besides, in the highlands of Scotland generally and in Scotland as a whole.

Following is the full text of the petition:

[The Petition of concerned energy users in the Highlands and Islands,

Declares that the below Petitioners are concerned about the energy costs faced by households without access to the gas main, and the large rise in numbers facing acute fuel poverty this winter.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to target emergency financial help at those who rely on heating oil, LPG or solid fuel to match the support currently provided through the six biggest gas and electricity providers.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.]