Excise Duties: Fuels

Treasury written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Alistair Carmichael Alistair Carmichael Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Northern Ireland)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reduce fuel duty in remote and peripheral areas which are highly dependent upon private transport.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle The Exchequer Secretary, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

Fuel duty policy is set as part of Chancellor's annual Budget decision-making process for consistent application across the United Kingdom and there are no plans to change this approach.

The balance of factors includes the equitability of preferential rates' application between regions, the consistency of environmental signalling and the potential administrative burdens. These factors tend to weigh against the case for preferential rates of fuel duty for remote regions of the United Kingdom.

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