The Scottish National Party’s Mr Pete Wishart, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire has welcomed the announcement from the UK Chancellor that the planned fuel duty increase of 3 pence a litre will not now go ahead in August.
Mr Wishart was part of a cross-party group of MPs, led by SNP Finance Spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP, who were campaigning against this increase.
Speaking today Mr Wishart said:
“I am very happy that this pressure, led by the SNP, has resulted in another UK Treasury U-turn. We had already tabled a clause to the budget that would have removed the August rise so I am delighted that the Chancellor has at last seen sense.
“While families and businesses will be relieved this announcement, Scotland is still suffering from some of the highest fuel prices in Europe, most of which is tax which goes straight to the London Treasury.
“It is not just lower fuel duty that we need, but local control of fuel duty.
“However welcome this one announcement from the Treasury might be, the fact remains that as long as fuel duty is set in London we remain at the mercy of a government we did not elect.”