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Cameron hints at change to fuel duty

By: Deborah Bates
04 March 2011

David Cameron has made a commitment to sharing some of the benefits realised by the government from the fuel duty hike with the general public, potentially helping those in logistics work to reap the rewards.

According to Road Transport, the prime minister made the announcement in the House of Commons on Tuesday - in response to a question from Swindon MP, Robert Buckland, who asked: "At a time when prices at the petrol pumps are going up and up, will the government do all that it can to ease the pressure?"

Cameron responded by saying he realised how hard it had been for Britain, particularly when petrol prices in some areas had risen to £1.30 per litre.

He then added: "As we have said, we will look at the fact that extra revenue comes to the Treasury when there is a high oil price, and see if we can share some of that benefit."

"That is something that Labour never did in all its time in government, and it ought to be reminded of the fact that it announced four increases in fuel duty last year, three of which were due to come in after the election."

A spokesperson for Labour, Charlie Gordon, also spoke out; ignoring Cameron's claims and instead stating that the party was all for reversing the increase on fuel duty.

BBC News reported that Gordon said British families were "hurting" from the rises, claiming: "The families out there want more than talk; they want more than broken manifesto policies."

"They want more than the impotent politics of grievance. They want lower fuel prices."

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