Fuel Taxation

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th November 2000.

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Photo of Mr John Hume Mr John Hume Social Democratic and Labour Party, Foyle 12:00 am, 9th November 2000

May I raise with the Chief Secretary a question that I asked yesterday on a matter of serious concern in my part of the world? The petrol industry in Northern Ireland has suffered most from the fuel crisis. A litre of petrol costs 85p on our side of the border, whereas it costs 60p a litre on the other side, so the petrol industry in Northern Ireland is being totally wiped out. Would the right hon. Gentleman seriously study the problem to see what he can do to help?