§ Mr. Robert Sheldon
I have received representations from organisations representing motorists, petrol retailers, general retail traders, rural motorists and tourist interests, and non-road users of petrol. I have also received letters from about 60 private individuals.
§ Mr. Sheldon
I am aware of many of these points. They were debated last year. Some recent estimates precisely on this matter have been made by the Department of Transport which suggest that a private rural motorist on the average annual mileage should find his motoring costs increased by only about 3p per week and that about 50 per cent. of private rural motorists will break even or gain from the changeover. This is a lengthy period of changeover. Discussions may take place on the documents that will be issued in due course.