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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. uktradeinfo.com/index.cfm?task=bullhydro.

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 ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/taxation/excise_duties/energy_products/rates/index_en.htm.

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.