HC Deb 23 July 1980 vol 989 cc251-2W
35. Mr. Hardy

asked the Minister of Transport if he will make a statement on the provision of petrol at motorway service areas.

Mr. Fowler

Motorway service areas do in general have higher overheads than ordinary filling stations and this affects the prices they charge. But they are in competition with each other and with filling stations just off the motorway, and the motorist can make his choice. My policy is to encourage greater competition and thus keener pricing at motorway service areas.