CLA West Midlands backs fuel price challenge
West Midlands rural business watchdog, the CLA, has welcomed the news that MPs are to be given the opportunity to challenge the high cost of petrol and diesel at a special debate in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 14 June at 1pm.
CLA West Midlands director Caroline Bedell said: "This Parliamentary move comes during a period of mounting concern from businesses and the motoring public that despite a fall in oil prices, pump prices have stayed high.
"For many rural businesses, and for people who rely on their cars, the current situation is becoming untenable. A permanent solution to stabilise the price of fuel must be found.
"The Chancellor of the Exchequer promised a workable solution to steady the price of fuel in his April Budget. We must see this put into practice as a matter of urgency because, for many businesses in the West Midlands, time is running out."
The debate has been called by Robert Halfon, Conservative MP for Harlow. Mr Halfon said: "Motorists and businesses are genuinely suffering, and the high fuel price is an obstacle to bringing jobs back and getting our economy moving again.
"The oil price is falling internationally, but hard-pressed British motorists, businesses and road freight companies are still paying inflated prices at the pump. That's why I have written to all the major energy companies, to ask if they will lower their prices across the country. I am delighted that MPs will be given the opportunity to debate this vital issue."
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Caroline Bedell MRICS FAAV
Caroline leads the Midlands team and has overall responsibility for the management of the CLA’s regional business and membership.
A qualified Chartered Surveyor respected throughout the industry, she also represents the CLA on a wide range of regional committees and panels.
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