The Energy Minister Ed Davey has said that his meeting with fuel hauliers today is aimed at building "detailed and robust" contingency plans, including ways to store fuel to ensure that emergency services have enough supplies in the event of a strike.
He said that the industrial dispute over pay and safety standards would not be discussed. A spokeswoman for the Department of Energy Climate Change said:
There will be no discussions on the dispute itself. That is an industrial matter, and it is for the employers and unions to resolve.
The conciliatory service Acas has announced that talks aimed at resolving the fuel tanker drivers' dispute will be held on Wednesday.
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Preparations are due to start today for talks to resolve the fuel tanker drivers' dispute which lead to panic petrol buying across the UK.