§ Mr. Bruce-Gardyne
asked the Minister of Transport if he will give an estimate of the additional freight cost which will be incurred by industry in eastern Scotland as a result of the sixpence increase in duty on petrol and diesel fuels.
§ Mr. Tom Fraser
I cannot make an estimate in the form requested. I would refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend's Budget statement on 11th November in which he said that, because of the transport element in the cost of things, the increase in oil duty would raise the retail price index by a small fraction spread over a period of time.