Petrol Prices

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th December 1977.

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Photo of Mr Robert Maclennan Mr Robert Maclennan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Prices and Consumer Protection) 12:00 am, 5th December 1977

I accept what the hon. Gentleman says about the differences, and he knows the reasons for them. They are in part that there is very much more competition in the urban centres, where there are many more—[HON. MEMBERS: "Ah."] I wonder whether Opposition Members who say "Ah" approve of this competition, because the Government do and are taking measures to strengthen the competition through the operation of the Price Commission, to which the Opposition have consistently taken exception.

The hon. Member for Caernarvon (Mr. Wigley) is right to express concern about this, and we are anxious to do all within our power to improve the situation. We believe that the reductions in duty in the summer, coupled with the reduction in price by the companies, have helped the rural areas particularly.