Answers to my Written Parliamentary Questions – average retail pump price

Department for Energy Security and Net Zero provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (198580):

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, how much and what proportion of the average retail pump price for a litre of petrol is tax as of 11 September 2023. (198580)

Tabled on: 11 September 2023

Amanda Solloway:

As off 11 September 2023, average retail pump price for petrol was 153.1 pence/litre the total tax for this was 78.47 pence/litre or 51.3% of the pump price. This is comprised of fuel duty, currently held at the reduced rate of 52.95 pence and VAT amounting to 25.52 pence.

At Spring Budget 2023 the government announced continued support for households and businesses by maintaining the rates of fuel duty at the same levels for an additional 12 months, by extending the temporary 5p fuel duty cut and cancelling the planned inflation increase for 2023-24. That represents a saving for drivers this year of overall around £5bn and for the average car driver around £100 and around £200 since the 5p cut was introduced.

The answer was submitted on 19 Sep 2023 at 13:31.


  1. Mark B
    September 22, 2023

    Good morning.

    With increases with oil prices the government gets more revenue. It is my opinion that the government should have said revenue capped. No matter what the price is of a barrel of oil, or what it is at the pump, it gets the same per gallon of fuel (eg 50p).

    The Treasury is coining it despite the poxy 5p off !

  2. Narrow Shoulders
    September 22, 2023

    Why is fuel duty not an exempt item in the cost of petrol or diesel. Why do we pay 20% on a tax? It is an extra 10P per litre.

    Government could reduce the price of petrol and diesel immediately by making fuel duty an exempt supply.

    1. Timaction
      September 22, 2023

      Its at least taxation three times over on the same money. Tax when you earn it, spend it and VAT on top. Robber barons springs to mind. Still the welfare people are alright with another £300 cost of living boost from taxpayers!

  3. Bloke
    September 22, 2023

    Amanda Solloway describes keeping the expense at the same high price as “continued support”.
    How nice.

  4. agricola
    September 22, 2023

    Government is the greatest beneficiary, desperate to lay for overseas aid and HS2. If you wish to enjoy a tax equitable life you must drastically cut government spending. Just as Birmingham has had to be taken over financially so the UK needs to be taken over, perhaps by a commission from Singapore or the Camen Islands or both.

    1. Timaction
      September 22, 2023

      Just get rid of the legacies and introduce REFORM!! TAX AND SPENDING NEED RADICAL CUTS.

  5. Peter D Gardner
    September 22, 2023

    In the Government’s not very well thought through strategy for transitioning to an all electric economy has the Government any idea what it will do to replace the revenue from tax and duty on fossil fuels? The Green Finance Strategy 2023 speaks with enthusiatic hyperbole – it’s more sales brochure than finance strategy – about a flood of public funding but says nothing about sources of funds. We assume general taxation. The OBR estimates that fuel duties alone (VAT is levied on top of duty in a neat piece of double taxation – where is the value added in a duty?) amount to £867 per household and 0.9 per cent of national income in 2023-4. Should we expect a change to taxation per mile travelled, entailing a meter in every car, or some additional tax on car ownership or a general increase in income and other taxes?
    I suppose announcing that now would put people off going electric. While the Government fears doing so we can expect instead punitive measures against internal combustion engines.

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