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Excise Duties: Fuels

Treasury written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) what recent representations he has received on the differential between duty levels applied to petrol and diesel; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the fuel duty rates due to come into force on 1 April 2011 on road users in (a) rural areas and (b) England; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 21 January 2011, Hansard, column 1001W, and to the answers given on 17 January 2011, Hansard, column 576W and 24 January 2011, Hansard, column 117W, to Mr Bain

The same rate of duty applies to petrol and diesel intended for road use.

Motorists are affected by a range of measures to tackle the deficit and support growth including fuel duty. In the June Budget the Government asked the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) to undertake an assessment of the effect of oil price fluctuations on the public finances. The OBR published its report on 14 September. The Government are considering the OBR's assessment.

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