§ 36. Mr. G. M. Thomson
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has had since his last Budget regarding a reduction in the tax on diesel fuel oil used in public service vehicles; and what reply he has made.
§ Mr. H. Brooke
My right hon. Friend has received representations from the road passenger transport organisations and from a few other bodies and individuals. They have been told that he has taken note of their views.
§ Mr. Thomson
In view of the very widespread concern amongst the local authorities at the weight of this tax, would the Chancellor look into this matter and, since there is not to be an autumn Budget, consider taking special steps about it?
§ Mr. Brooke
I quite agree with the hon. Member that this is an important issue, but of course it is also a very large one financially, because this tax is very closely linked with the tax on light oils, that is to say, petrol.