FairFuelUK team has to report some shocking news.
Parliament and the Government seem reluctant to commit to a
date for a debate on cheaper petrol & diesel. This is despite our achieving the required 100,000 signatures on the ePetition
and despite the best efforts of Robert Halfon MP who champions our cause in the
Commons. The formal decision to allocate the Parliamentary time rests
with the Back Bench Business Committee of the House of Commons. After two
meetings of this committee, we appear to be no
nearer to securing our debate on this vital issue. The Chair of the
committee has advised that the Government has not given enough time slots to
believe that this situation is outrageous and
The hard-pressed families and businesses of the UK
that have supported this campaign in their tens of thousands are understandably
not too interested in the finer points of who decides what about this debate be
it in the Government or the Back Bench Committee. We feel that between them,
the Government and Parliament should come together to do the right thing in
this situation –
Give the people the debate on fuel duty AS PROMISED.
know that you have all done so much to support this campaign. We know
that many of you have been driven to financial hardship and even ruin by the
scandalously high cost of petrol & diesel. We are not giving up on
this fight to help you.
that end, we are asking you to do two things:
- Please follow the link to the Number 10 Web site and
send an email to the Prime Minister. We have suggested a form of
words below * that you might like to follow. We imagine that this turn of
events will have made many of our supporters very angry indeed.
However, we are urging everyone to keep their emails and letters firm but
civil. We feel that we have no option now but to make the Prime
Minister aware that failing to debate this issue will lead to the
perception that he, his Government and our Parliament are not responding
to the petrol & diesel price issue for what it is – a national
crisis. Here is the link…..suggested wording follows. However,
please feel free to use your own wording. https://email.number10.gov.uk/Contact.aspx
- When you have sent the email as in point 1 above,
please just write it out, put it in an envelope and post it to Rt Hon
David Cameron MP Prime Minister 10 Downing Street LONDON
the coming days, we will be asking you to email your own MPs to back up our
call for this debate. Together, we can make this happen…….
Peter Carroll and the FairFuelUK Campaign Team.
A form of words to send to the Prime Minister
Dear Prime Minister
I am one of the more than 100,000 citizens who signed the FairFuelUK Government epetition on the issue of high fuel duty. I am shocked and disappointed to hear that there appears to be some difficulty in actually securing a date for the debate. It appears that the Back Bench Business Committee are saying that they do not have sufficient time allocated to debate this vital matter. The high price of petrol and diesel is driving people and businesses to ruin. I find it astonishing that time cannot be found to debate this subject which is of immense concern to millions of families and businesses and if resolved could reverse the stagnating economy and achieve real growth plus improve the sagging public morale.
I suggest that failure to rectify this situation will completely undermine the new epetition scheme and lead to a feeling that your Government and Parliament are not truly responding to the issues that are at the top of people's priorities.
I respectfully ask that you intervene personally, bang heads together and let the people have their debate on this vital issue,