Oil Prices: Rural Consumers — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:22 am on 29th January 2015.

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Photo of The Earl of Courtown The Earl of Courtown Conservative 11:22 am, 29th January 2015

My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. I was particularly glad to hear that the fuel rebate scheme is extended to remote areas of the UK. As my noble friend will be aware, though, the cost of travelling to work in rural areas—in places such as where I live in Gloucestershire—is 24% more than if you are travelling in urban areas. I was wondering if she would be able to extend this fuel rebate system so that it could cover areas such as where I live, where there are relatively higher fuel costs, which also affects people on lower incomes.