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I thank the Member for that question, which is, indeed, very topical, and which concerns me as a Volkswagen driver — I know that you are one as well, Mr Deputy Speaker.
I strongly support the development of the European Commission proposals for real driving emissions standards legislation. The legislation, if adopted, will require car manufacturers to ensure that real-world vehicle emissions comply much more closely with European emissions standards.
I thank Mr Byrne for that supplementary, and I am sure that the Deputy Speaker is extremely concerned with miles per gallon. I am also sure that he will be equally concerned about the prospect of an increase in his road tax.
This is a matter for the Department for Transport, and, at this stage, I have heard nothing to indicate that there is any potential impact on future levels of road tax. In a statement on 2 October this year, the Transport Secretary advised that Volkswagen users and taxpayers, including those in the North of Ireland, will not incur higher vehicle excise duty if their existing vehicles are found to be fitted with illegal software that manipulates emissions tests.