§ Mr. Stephen Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Energy if he will take steps to ensure that future petrol increases are announced a reasonable time before they take effect in order that self-service petrol pumps may be adjusted to take account of the increase.86W
§ Mr. John Smith
I am aware of the problem with some self-service petrol pumps and have noted this request, although the timing of any future petrol price increase will generally be a commercial matter for the oil suppliers and retailers, after taking into account the requirements of the Price Code. Changes in taxation which affect petrol prices are, of course, a matter for my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer.