HC Deb 24 January 2001 vol 361 cc609-10W
Jackie Ballard

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions by what means he intends to facilitate competition between independent petrol retailers and oil companies for the provision of motor fuels at motorway service areas. [147048]

Mr. Hill

My Department requires the operators of all motorway service areas to meet a range of minimum standards. This includes a requirement that fuel should be available 24 hours a day every day of the year. How this requirement should be met, however, and which brand or brands of fuel should be available, are matters for service area operators.