Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

David Cameron ducks DUP probe on fuel rebates

David Simpson

Prime Minister David Cameron ducked questions on fuel rebates from Northern Ireland’s MPs during Commons clashes yesterday.

DUP calls for the Government to look at a rural rebate scheme for motorists, similar to one planned in Scotland, were sidestepped by Mr Cameron who insisted the Treasury heard the plea.

During Prime Minister’s questions, Upper Bann MP David Simpson said petrol was reaching 135p per litre, forcing many motorists to go into the Republic of Ireland to fill their vehicles.

Pointing to the loss of revenue, he urged the coalition to extend the planned pilot for Scotland that will introduce a discount of up to 5p on a litre of fuel for some rural areas.

Mr Cameron replied: “I understand the cross-border problem and that fuel smuggling between Northern Ireland and the Republic has been a real problem.

“The Chief Secretary to the Treasury would have heard him ask for the expansion of the scheme that was in the Budget.”

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