Thursday, November 10, 2011
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[ posted by mark, 10.11.11 12:10 ]

i think this shows how much caMORON cares
Dear Mark,

Thank you for contacting me about the high cost of fuel. I would like to start by saying I fully appreciate how expensive fuel is in the UK. High fuel prices are largely the result of the high price of oil internationally and this inevitably leads to inflated costs on the forecourt. It puts a great strain on all of us and does little to help our economic recovery.
I am also aware... that the price of fuel is particularly hard hitting for both my rural constituents and small businesses; I am greatly sympathetic to those who need to travel more on a day to day basis and are being hit harder by the current prices. I understand why support for this campaign is so widespread; it is a problem that should be addressed.

In order to address the situation, the Government has announced measures to help mitigate the effects. It has cut the main duty rate by 1 penny in April this year and introduced a fair fuel stabiliser.

You may remember that the previous Labour Government introduced a fuel duty escalator which involved seven fuel duty increases. Three had already taken place at the time of the Budget, adding just over 3 pence to the price of petrol. There would also have been another increase of almost 5 pence per litre in April 2011.

Due to high oil prices, the escalator has been cancelled and all duty increases this year have been delayed. This has been paid for by an increase in tax on oil and gas producing companies, who are making unexpected profits on oil prices that are far higher than those they based their investment decisions on. In addition, the fuel stabiliser means that while oil prices are high, fuel duty will increase by inflation alone, and if the oil price falls below a set level on a sustained basis, the Government will increase fuel duty above inflation.

The Government wants to work with a range of stakeholders in the oil and gas industry, and road transport organisations who have been affected by fuel costs, to make sure a fuel stabiliser that actually works is put in place. I believe recent discussions with the oil industry about the key points they are now keen to see on the table, including the strike price, were considered to be fruitful.

As you will be aware, there is a great disparity between fuel prices across the country. The Government, however, only sets the rate of tax and not the price of fuel. The oil companies, fuel suppliers and station owners are those responsible for individual prices. The price depends on such factors as the oil supplier, the distance from the oil refinery, the cost of transportation to the depot and then petrol station, local business rates and costs and the prevalence of local competition.

I understand that the Fair Fuel e-petition has now reached more than 100,000 signatories. Any e-petition that gathers this level of support could be debated in the House of Commons. I understand that the House of Commons Backbench Business Committee has reviewed the request but unfortunately there is insufficient time over the next month to have a debate. However, the committee has not ruled out a debate in the future and I am sure that they are very aware of the importance of this topic. I am greatly supportive of the campaign; Robert Halfon is a personal friend whom I have great respect for. It is my hope that a debate will be tabled in the near future, and I will be doing all I can to assist him on this.

The Government postponed the planned inflation-only fuel duty rise from April 2011 to January 2012. It is my understanding that the Government still plans to proceed with this rise. This increase should be seen in the context of Ministers abolishing the last Government’s fuel escalator and replacing it with the fair fuel stabiliser that I outlined above. The overall effect of these measures means that by 2015-16, pump prices could be approximately 6.7p per litre lower than under the fuel duty escalator.

I am in full support of the campaign and I wish Robert Halfon every success in securing a Parliamentary debate, and will certainly be following any progress made on the issue.

Thank you for taking the time to write to me.

Best regards



[ posted by mark, 10.11.11 12:16 ]

im a little confused as to this reply, it appears to blame labour and praise camerons lot in the guise of we are putting it right. BULLSHIT ALL IT SAYS IS IF THE PRICE DROPPED BY 30P A LITRE THEN THATS HOW MUCH THEY WOULD ADD TO THE TAX


[ posted by Ian, 10.11.11 13:01 ]

The Government just don't get it - it's like we should be thankful that the price isn't higher than it is now as the duty rise as scheduled by the previous government to be introduced in April this year was cancelled and that we got 1ppl back in duty at the last budget. They think that they can just keep taking from the ‘cash cow’ motorist without any implications whatsoever and are happy to ignore the warning signs.


Good luck for next week FFUK. Make these MP’s see what is going on in the real world. Some of them may actually grow a spine and support their people rather than their tax/duty revenues.


[ posted by john abrami, 15.11.11 09:17 ]

I hope that those of us who are believers(of all religions, I'm not thinking just of Christians) will not only sign the petition and nag our MPs but also do what is crucial for our part in the campaign - to ask God in genuine prayer to help out on this issue.
Failure on our part to do this would show that our belief is really dodgy, not much of a tribute to Him - or us.


[ posted by Jas, 15.11.11 11:12 ]

The rising cost of fuel is has the potential to put society back over 100 years, to a time of wealthy 'haves' and for the working masses, the 'have nots'. We may well see a return to mobility and freedom of travel being the exclusive domain of the better-off. Ordinary working people are being inexorably priced off of the road, so of necessity we could see a return to working and living within a small radius of our birthplace. An MP recently remarked travelling by train is now only for the wealthy!
What will happen when the numbers in employment fall because many cannot afford to get to their work-place? What will replace the lost revenues from motoring based taxes with fewer people working?


[ posted by Colin B, 24.11.11 17:24 ]


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