§ Dr. Reid
The Government recognise that transport issues are significant in considering the causes of social exclusion, and my Department has been giving priority to gathering information in this area. The Department is currently undertaking research to gain a better understanding of how transport affects social exclusion. Once this research has been completed, we will be in a better position to estimate the impact of different transport measures. In the meantime, we will continue to keep the impacts of the fuel duty escalator on social exclusion under review.