HC Deb 10 February 1958 vol 582 c28
47. Mr. Whitelaw

asked the Paymaster-General whether he will exercise his powers of price control of petrol and diesel oil so as to bring to an end the present system whereby different prices are fixed in various parts of the country.

Sir I. Horobin

No, Sir.

Mr. Whitelaw

Would not my hon. Friend agree that the system of fixing prices by zones involves road hauliers in extra administrative costs and operates to the disadvantage of those road hauliers who are based in the more isolated parts of the country?

Sir I. Horobin

I am afraid not, Mr. Speaker. It still remains true that if one has to carry a thing further it costs more and, by and large, the consumer should pay.