MP calls for action on petrol prices
18th November 2011
James Morris, Member of Parliament for Halesowen & Rowley Regis, is calling for the Government to consider measures to tackle the cost of petrol and diesel.
The MP has signed the motion that will be debated in Parliament today (Tuesday), which comes after 100,000 people signed an online petition calling for action to help motorists.
The motion highlights the impact that high fuel prices have on families at a time when many are struggling to make ends meet. Research shows that some low-paid workers are paying a tenth of their income just to fill up the family car.
Mr Morris also raised concerns about the effect that high petrol prices have on the local economy. Small and medium sized businesses in particular are being forced to increase their prices to pass on high fuel costs, making their products and services less competitive.
MPs are also calling for an investigation into whether petrol companies are unfairly profiting by delaying reducing petrol prices when oil prices fall.
Explaining why he had backed calls for the debate, Mr Morris said:
"I signed the motion for this debate because I know how much high fuel prices affect local residents and businesses in Halesowen and Rowley Regis.
"After their rent or mortgage, transport costs make up the largest part of most families' budgets and so when petrol becomes more expensive, it makes it more difficult for many to make ends meet.
"Like me, many of my constituents find it difficult to understand why when there is a rise in fuel duty or the price of crude oil, the prices go up overnight. However, if there is a cut it takes much longer time to be passed on to the motorist."