Fuel costs petition earns debate

An online petition urging the Government to act on ever-increasing fuel costs has gathered the requisite 100,000 signatures needed for a Commons debate.

The petition from the FairFuelUK campaign calls for the ditching of planned fuel duty rises and urges the establishment of a mechanism to stabilise prices for motorists struggling to cover the costs of motoring, includingcar insurance andbreakdown cover.

The fuel petition is the third to gather 100,000 signatures on the Government's e-petitions website since it was set up to allow a more direct public influence on Westminster.

The first, calling for rioters and looters in the recent troubles around the country to lose their benefits, is signed by more than 247,000 people.

The second concerned the 1989 Hillsborough disaster which killed 96 Liverpool FC fans. It demanded the release of Cabinet papers concerning the tragedy and was signed by more than 139,000.

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