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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Julian Calls For A Debate On The Future of Independent Petrol Retailers

December 6, 2013

Julian has called for a debate on the future of small, family run petrol stations as is has emerged that for every one supermarket station that opens, five independent retailers close as a result.

Speaking in the Chamber, Julian asked:

May we have a debate on the future of independent petrol retailers and the important role they play in our local infrastructure and in delivering security of supply, especially in our rural areas?”

Andrew Lansley MP, the Leader of the House, said in his response:

“I cannot promise a debate, but I think one would be useful, because what my hon. Friend says is true, especially in more rural areas. There has, of course, been some notable erosion of the number of independent petrol retailers. The situation is very difficult and I hope they will hear what my hon. Friend has said as some encouragement to them that we recognise the contribution they make in rural communities.”

Following the exchange, Julian said:

“Given the impact supermarket petrol stations have on small businesses, and the rate at which they are gaining planning permission, over a thousand independent petrol stations could close in the next four years.

“I believe it is essential for MPs to scrutinise current planning legislation as small, family run petrol stations provide a vital service both in terms of providing fuel security, as well as providing services in more rural areas that supermarkets regard as unprofitable. It is essential that our planning laws work to promote small businesses and I am pressing hard to have the matter debated in order to raise awareness of this serious issue.”