HC Deb 03 December 1996 vol 286 c580W
Mr. Galbraith

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received concerning the recent increase in petrol prices; and if he will make a statement. [6393]

Mr. Page

I have received a number of representations regarding those increases in petrol prices that pre-dated the increase in duty in the Budget. Those were due to a slackening in the intense price competition of earlier this year, coupled with increases in international oil prices.

Gross margins have, however, still not recovered to the levels of 1995.