It is my honour to present a petition on behalf of 2,589 of my constituents in the mainland area of west Cornwall in support of a 5p a litre reduction in road fuel duty, which my constituents on the Isles of Scilly have enjoyed since the spring of this year. Given that the Government’s supplementary call for information closes on Friday this week, my constituents urge them to acknowledge that the forecourt price is neither the only nor the most appropriate proxy measure of rural transport poverty, especially as many households have no choice but to have a private car in order to maintain a living.
The petition states:
The Petition of residents of the UK,
Declares that there are currently proposals to extend the rural fuel rebate scheme to Cornwall, initially by five pence per litre.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government and the European Commission to fully back the plan and to introduce it as soon as they can.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.