I welcome the fact that the decision to freeze fuel duty for eleven consecutive years has saved the average driver over £1,600 compared to the pre-2010 escalator.
Cars are essential to many people here in the constituency. I welcome that for the first time since 1926, money raised through car tax (Vehicle Excise Duty) is now being spent directly on the roads. Around £28bn is being invested in England's strategic and local roads, an amount equivalent to all VED receipts. I was also very pleased to see the announcement in the recent Spending Review that £1.7 billion has been made available for local highway authorities in England (outside London) for 2021-2022 to improve the condition of local roads and associated infrastructure.
I firmly believe that the most effective way to keep fuel prices down is through an open and competitive market.