I beg to present a petition signed by 1,525 of my constituents on a day when the chief executive of British Gas saw his salary rise by £205,000 to a staggering £475,000. It reads as follows:
To the House of Commons
The Petition of the Citizens of York declares that the Government's decision to increase VAT on domestic fuel from 8 per cent. to 17.5 per cent. in 1995 will place a heavy financial burden on pensioners and others on low incomes, which they will find hard to meet.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons votes down this proposed increase and legislates to fully compensate pensioners and others on low incomes for the 8 per cent. VAT already introduced.
And the petitioners remain, etc.
The Hon. Mrs. Fiona Rudd, 19 South Parade, York.
It is also signed by more than 1,500 other of my constituents.
To lie upon the Table.