HC Deb 10 January 2001 vol 360 cc547-8W
Mr. Llwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what financial assistance he plans to provide to help increase the number of low-sulphur petrol and diesel outlets. [144058]

Mrs. Liddell

The Government have no plans to offer financial assistance to the roll out of low sulphur motor fuels. Since August 1999, ultra-low sulphur diesel has been available at virtually every UK petrol retail outlet.

According to HM Customs and Excise, ultra-low sulphur petrol (ULSP) currently constitutes 42.5 per cent. of petrol delivered for consumption in the UK. The United Kingdom Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA)—the trade association representing the major UK oil refiners—has said its members are committed to ensuring the conditions exist for the Chancellor to implement his duty rate reduction in the Budget in 2001.

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