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Treasury Committee queries Government fuel duty policy following report response

23 November 2022

This article has been updated to include the Government’s response to the Chair of the Treasury Committee's letter.

The Treasury Committee today publishes the Government’s response to its report on Jobs, Growth and Productivity after Coronavirus.

In the response, the Government states it “brought forward measures to fight rising costs for households and businesses, such as freezing fuel duty” in the Autumn Statement.

In contrast, documents from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), published alongside the Autumn Statement, outlined a planned increase in fuel duty.

In light of this, the Committee has today written to the Treasury asking for clarity on the Government’s fuel duty policy. The Committee asks, if the reference to the fuel duty freeze was an error, how that mistake could have occurred.

The Committee will question the Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, on the Autumn Statement at 3pm today.

The Committee’s report, published in July, expressed concern at the ‘chop and change’ on economic strategy and policy-making, and called for renewed coordination of growth strategy across Government departments.

The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury has responded to the Committee Chair, outlining that a drafting error caused the confusion. The response can be read here.

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