The petition lodged by fuel campaign group FairFuelUK on the Government’s new ePetition website calling for cuts in fuel duty is to be debated in Parliament. The ePetition passed the 100,000 signature count on September 30th and the decision that it would be debated was made at a meeting of the Back Bench Business Committee of the House of Commons earlier today, 11thOctober 2011.
Speaking shortly after the meeting, Peter Carroll said, ‘We are delighted that the issue of crippling high fuel prices will soon be debated in the Chamber of the House of Commons. We understand the precise date and other procedural considerations are yet to be determined. The combined support of many individual members of the public and of businesses all across Britain will mean that this issue is put before Parliament. We thank Robert Halfon MP for his sterling work in leading the All Party Working Group on FairFuelUK and every single person who signed the petition. With the economy stagnating, cutting fuel duty represents an effective and fair way of boosting growth, creating jobs and reducing inflation. Petrol and diesel prices are crucifying families and businesses. This issue needs to be debated and action taken’.