MP presses case for rural fuel rebate

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The European Union has been urged to back moves to give parts of rural Yorkshire the same fuel rebate that benefits other isolated parts of the UK.

The Government asked for information about the fuel market in rural areas earlier this year so it can make the case for a discount on fuel duty to the European Commission.

A 5p per litre rebate on pump prices already applies in the Scottish islands and the Isles of Scilly.

The current scheme is designed to recognise the extra costs of transporting and distributing fuel in these areas.

If the Government is to extend the scheme to other parts of the UK, including rural Yorkshire, Ministers will need to persuade the EU that these areas deserve the same special treatment.

Thirsk and Malton MP Anne McIntosh said: “I am delighted that two independent petrol retailers from Thirsk, Malton and Filey submitted information to HM Treasury following the further call for evidence. I wish them every possible success in their application.

“The information is currently being considered in order to determine a list to be presented to the European Commission. I am confident that parts of Thirsk and Malton will qualify.

“In order to meet the requirements set out by the Treasury, pump prices must be higher in the given time period than those on the islands in the existing scheme and the fuel has to be transported over 100 miles by road from the nearest refinery and the population density must be no higher than any area in the current scheme.”

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander first called for evidence to support the fuel duty rebate in August.

The public consultation was reopened again in the autumn to allow more retailers to make their case.