North Yorkshire MP holds meeting to stop fuel duty rise.
7:25am 15th February 2011
(Updated 1:34pm 15th February 2011)
Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, is delighted to have secured a debate at Westminster on a possible fuel duty stabiliser and rebate for remote rural areas on Tuesday 15th February at 9.30am.
Miss McIntosh said:
"I am delighted to have secured this debate on the issues of a fuel duty stabiliser and a possible rebate for remote rural areas."
"It is a good opportunity to discuss these issues which are keenly felt in remote rural areas such as North Yorkshire, where large distances for everyday journeys are coupled with limited public transport alternatives."
"The timing of this debate is important as the last Government's duty increase, the eighth duty increase since November 2008, will be coming into effect soon. I welcomed the Prime Minister's statement that the Government are looking at whether it is possible to introduce a Fair Fuel Stabiliser."
Miss Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, is delighted to have debated today at 9.30am at Parliament the issues of a possible fuel duty stabiliser and rebate for remote rural areas on Tuesday 15th February.
Miss McIntosh said:
“I am delighted to have secured this debate and that the Minister responded so warmly to the issues raised.”
“I believe the debate was very timely coming just over a month before the next budget. I was pleased that the Minister said that nothing was set in stone and that the Government is looking at the possibility of a fuel duty rebate for remote rural areas.”
“I was encouraged that the Government will announce shortly the areas for the rural rebate pilot scheme and that EU Commission is being very flexible on this issue. She stated that the qualifying criteria should include the distance from petrol stations, the cost of transporting fuel and the impact on the cost of living and quality of life.
“I will keep up pressure on the Government not to maintain the status quo but to cancel the next 1p duty increase on 1st April, to introduce a fuel duty stabiliser and to look favourably on a rural rebate. It is up to my colleagues and I to make the case going forward for our local area.”
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