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Fuels: Prices

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 1st July 2008.

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Photo of Peter Atkinson Peter Atkinson Conservative, Hexham

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what assessment he has made of the effect of increases in fuel oil prices on the domestic heating bills of those with no access to mains gas supplies.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister of State (Energy), Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform

holding answer 24 June 2008

Fuel oil prices have been increasing due to increases in crude oil prices. According to the retail price index for heating oils, which includes bottled gas and domestic heating oils, prices have increased by around 70 per cent. between May 2007 and May 2008. However, the exact effect on households' heating bills will depend on the levels of consumption of the individual household.

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