Excise Duties: Fuels

Treasury written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Margaret Ritchie Margaret Ritchie Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of fuel duty levels on people living in rural areas.

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

The Chancellor of the Exchequer keeps all taxes under review and considers their effects in the round.

Motorists on the Scottish islands and the Isles of Scilly are benefiting from a 5p per litre discount on pump prices since the Government introduced the rural fuel rebate pilot scheme last year.

The Government is preparing to seek EU approval for an extension of the scheme to other remote parts of the UK that are likely to display similar cost characteristics to the islands.

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