A senior UK Treasury Minister will meet Angus MP Kirstene Hair to discuss the campaign for an independent fuel price regulator, the Chancellor confirmed today.
Philip Hammond agreed that the Exchequer Secretary Robert Jenrick would meet Ms Hair, vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on fair fuel.
The commitment followed a parliamentary question today from Ms Hair, who said that more needed to be done to address the disparity in fuel prices across the UK.
The Scottish Conservative MP has been a vocal campaigner on behalf of motorists – particularly those in rural areas who often pay more at the pumps than those in urban areas.
Speaking following the exchange in the House of Commons today, Ms Hair said:
“I am pleased that the Chancellor has acknowledged that his team should be prepared to discuss calls to establish an independent fuel price regulator.
“I have been arguing for some time now that it is deeply unfair that drivers pay more for fuel in some parts of the country than others.
“Even within rural constituencies like Angus, there can be a significant disparity between forecourt prices in different towns.
“There is no reason why anyone should be penalised in this way just because of where they live.
“Drivers expect a fair price at the pumps – and they want to see the benefit when the global oil price drops.
“Too often, the big companies do not pass on the benefits of lower costs to motorists.
“I look forward to discussing these issues with the Exchequer Secretary at the earliest opportunity.”