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MP's disappointment over fuel duty move
12:43pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
HOPES that Ryedale could benefit from the EU’s move to introduce a rural fuel duty rebate scheme to provide the district’s motorists with cheaper petrol, have been dashed.
Anne McIntosh, Ryedale MP, said she was “disappointed”, adding: “I understand that parts of North Yorkshire will be put forward to the European Commission for agreement that it meets the criteria under State Aid rules, but disappointingly not this constituency.
“I urged local fuel stations to make the best case possible to meet the criteria in terms of distance from the pump to their customers and the price of fuel at the pump.
“Clearly only where these criteria are met can the case be made to the EU Commission.
“It is nevertheless very disappointing given the high cost of petrol and diesel at the fuel pumps in this area.”
The only place likely to benefit from the rebate scheme is the Dales market town of Hawes which is one of 10 remote communities in Britain which the Westminster Government believes could qualify for the fuel discount.
Meanwhile, Ms McIntosh visited the Countryside Live event at Harrogate Showground at the weekend as chairman of the Government’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.
She said: “It celebrated what is best in Yorkshire food, farming and the countryside.
“It was an opportunity for local farmers to show off their best livestock and produce.”
The exhibition was run by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and featured a wide range of livestock, together with poultry, horticultural classes, beekeeping and horse classes.