Petrol Supplies

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Energy – in the House of Commons am 12:00 am ar 23 Mehefin 1980.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Photo of Mr Joe Ashton Mr Joe Ashton , Bassetlaw 12:00, 23 Mehefin 1980

Is the Minister aware—since the Government are supposed to be the party of the small business man—that his answer will not satisfy small business men? Is he further aware that 1,300 petrol stations, of a total of 1,800 which closed in the last year, were independent and that they closed because they were unable to get supplies? Why is it that Esso in America is prohibited from fixing the retail price of petrol and prohibited from withholding supplies while this Government allow it to do just that in Britain? When will the Minister take action in the interest of these small business men?