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Fuel Duty

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

What was the level of tax on gas oil used by railway locomotives in the United Kingdom in each year from 2001 to the present; and how this compares with the current level of tax in France, Germany, Spain and Italy. [HL7135]

Historical fuel duty rates can be found in Hydrocarbon Oils Bulletin published by HM Revenue and Customs and available on the UK Trade Info website at www.

The European Commission publishes current fuel duty rates for all member states, in both national currency and euros, with sterling/euro exchange rates, on the Europa website at

EU legislation permits total exemption or reduced levels of taxation for fuel used by railway locomotives, though no up-to-date information on individual member states is available.