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Fuel prices

Asked if the vote of fuel pricing would be whipped, the PMS said he was unaware of whipping arrangements. Asked if the Government was in favour of the motion, the PMS said the Government made our position clear in the Budget when we decided to cut fuel duty, but future decisions were a matter for the Chancellor. The PMS added that we recognised as a Government that motoring was an essential part of everyday life for many families, that lots of families relied on their cars and that fuel was a significant cost for those families. We took action at the time of the budget both to get rid of the fuel duty escalator and replace it with a fair fuel stabiliser, and to cut fuel duty by a penny.

Asked why a junior Treasury minister was representing the Government in the debate, the PMS said that a Treasury minister was an appropriate person to speak in a debate on a Treasury issue.

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