HC Deb 26 May 1952 vol 501 c111W
110. Mr. Lewis

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will state the reasons for allowing the two recent increases in the retail price of petroleum spirit.

Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd

The increase on 12th March was due to the Budget increase in the Customs and Excise duties. The increase on 19th May was on account of higher ocean freight charges and increased cost of distribution in this country.