§ Sir Peter Fry
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he intends to take to protect United Kingdom coach and heavy goods vehicle operators from unfair competition resulting from lower fuel taxation in other EU countries. 
§ Mr. Norris
Fuel duty is only one element of the costs that affect the international competitiveness of road transport operators. We have supported the introduction of minimum rates of fuel duty in the EU. The rate of duty on fuel in the UK is of course a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer.