Fuel Duty

Energy and Climate Change – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 24th March 2016.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield 9:30 am, 24th March 2016

What discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the effect of the level of fuel duty on climate change.

Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Questions on the level of fuel duty are principally a matter for the Treasury. However, reducing emissions from vehicles is an important part of this Government’s approach to tackling climate change, and we are carefully considering how best to deliver that in a way that is affordable for consumers.

Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

I do not often argue for price increases, but fuel is now cheaper than at any time since 2009—less than £1 a litre in most places—which is having a terrible impact on the environment. More cars on the road means more air pollution and, indeed, more accidents. Should we not be thinking very carefully about that?

Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

I reassure the hon. Gentleman that we always think very carefully about such issues. Conservative Members believe it is right to protect family incomes and that it is welcome that the cost of fuel is down. However, we do not take it for granted that we can make changes to important vehicle emissions, so we are also investing in electric vehicles. For example, we have committed £600 million up to 2021 to support the uptake and manufacture of ultra-low emission vehicles, which is projected to save 65 million tonnes of carbon.