Fuel campaigners win Commons debate

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The House of Commons is to hold a three hour debate on fuel prices on 15th November, the Back Bench Business Committee has agreed.

The decision follows an email campaign by 11,000 Fair Fuel UK supporters targeting members of parliament demanding that time should be made available for the debate.

Campaigners believed they had won the debate a month ago when their e-petition hit the 100,000 mark which is supposed to trigger a debate.

However, last week fears emerged that the government was attempting to wriggle out of holding a debate on this contentious issue by avoiding allocating time for it.

At that point, campaign supporters started bombarding their local MPs with emails prompting the rapid turnaround.

Fair Fuel UK is now listing about 80 MPs from all three main parties that support its aims:

The Fair Fuel petition calls on the Government to:

*  Scrap the planned 4p fuel duty increases, which are scheduled for January and August 2012.

*  Create a price stabilisation mechanism that smooths out fluctuations in the pump price.

*  Pressure big oil companies to pass on cheaper oil to motorists.

*  Set up a Commission to look at market competitiveness, and radical ways of cutting fuel taxes in the longer term.

The fuel debate will take place in the main chamber of the House of Commons and will follow a motion relating to fisheries.


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