– A Treasury spokesman
The Government recognises that the rising price of petrol is a significant part of households' day-to-day spending.
Since coming to office the Government has listened to the concerns of motorists about high pump prices and acted. Fuel is now 10p a litre lower than under the previous government's plans.
Conservative rebels said they expect the Chancellor to freeze a planned 3p rise in fuel duty for another three to six months. The Government has defeated a Labour motion to postpone the duty rise by majority of 48.