HC Deb 02 December 1999 vol 340 c320W
Mr. Chope

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons lead replacement petrol is subject to higher duty than unleaded petrol. [101092]

Mr. Timms

Although LRP does not contain lead, it will generally be used by cars that formerly used leaded petrol. This part of the car population tends to be older and less fuel efficient than newer cars and consequently to have poorer emissions performance. The higher duty rate continues to keep in place an incentive for replacement of less fuel efficient cars.

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