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[Un-allotted Half Day] — Fuel Costs

Part of Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 7:15 pm on 7th February 2011.

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Photo of David Gauke David Gauke The Exchequer Secretary 7:15 pm, 7th February 2011

This has been an interesting debate, and I thank all hon. Members who have contributed. Fuel prices are undoubtedly of significant concern to hon. Members and the wider population.

It is fair to say that the issue is not new. My hon. Friend John Thurso has referred to this debate being like "Groundhog Day". He is a long-standing participant in debates on this subject, and he is influential in setting out the arguments for a rural derogation, to which I shall turn later. He also set out further proposals that may influence this debate in the years to come.

At the moment, there is a particular concern about fuel prices. We have heard today from hon. Members from all parties and from all parts of the United Kingdom about the difficulties that their constituents face because of rising fuel prices. It appears to cost more every time that people fill up the car, and the public understandably want us to do something about that.