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Excise Duties: Fuels

Treasury written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on a rural fuel duty discount for North Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

The Chancellor of the Exchequer routinely receives a range of representations from stakeholders, Members of Parliament, and the general public on current and future rates of excise duty as well as other issues such as fuel prices.

The UK's derogation from the EU energy tax directive, unanimously agreed to by other EU member states, is for a rural fuel rebate pilot scheme for remote islands only. Pump prices in these areas are particularly high when compared with the mainland. Beyond this pilot scheme nothing has been ruled in or out.

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