Thursday, 5 July 2012

Questions (39)

Derek Keating

Question:

31 Deputy Derek Keating asked the Minister for Finance if he will prioritise the problem of fuel costs and if he will give consideration for road hauliers to be rebated on their fuel costs as practiced in other states; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the haulage industry is now purchasing its fuel products in other European countries and this results in a loss to our Exchequer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32571/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Finance)

I acknowledge the importance of the haulage industry to our export-led economy. As the Deputy is aware a working group was set up between officials of my Department, the IRHA and members of the Oireachtas. This working group had a series of meetings to discuss issues of concern to the haulage industry. I have recently received a submission from the group and I am considering the matters raised. I note the recent trend in falling oil prices and I hope that this continuing fall is reflected in the price of auto-diesel for hauliers at the pumps.