Fuel Prices

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 1st February 2011.

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Photo of Jamie Hepburn Jamie Hepburn Scottish National Party

Question S3W-38975

To ask the Scottish Executive what average domestic fuel prices (a) have been in each of the last five years and (b) are forecast to be in each of the next five years and what comparable information it has for (i) each of the other component parts of the United Kingdom, (ii) each EU member state and (iii) each OECD country that is not an EU member state.

Photo of Jim Mather Jim Mather Scottish National Party

Information specifically on fuel prices and comparisons with other countries is not held centrally. However, some of the information requested is available from the following sources:

Chapter 6 of the Scottish Government Energy in Scotland Report provides an overview of domestic energy price statistics, including average annual domestic electricity and gas bills for Scotland and England and Wales. The report is available at:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Business/Energy.

The underlying energy price statistics within the Energy in Scotland Report are sourced from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and are available on their website at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/prices/prices.aspx.

The DECC website also publishes forecast fuel prices but acknowledges that they are not intended to be detailed forecasts or predictions and should not be released as forecast retail prices since government does not take a view of what prices will be set in competitive global markets. The report is available at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/projections/projections.aspx.

Comparisons of fuel prices in EU countries are also published by DECC and are available on their website at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/statistics/publications/prices/prices.aspx.

OECD estimates of "Energy End Use Prices in OECD countries" are available at:

http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/energy/energy-prices-and-taxes_16096835.

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