Devon independent builders merchant Palladium was mentioned in the Parliamentary debate on fuel prices last Tuesday (November 15).
Dr Sarah Wollaston, MP for Totnes, visited Palladium’s Kingsbridgebranch and asked about vehicle operating costs. She learned from branch manager Nick Cox that the year-on-year rises in fuel prices faced by smaller independents were: 122% between calendar years 2009 and 2010 and 154% between calendar years 2010 and 2011.
Dr Wollaston drew on Cox’s data when speaking in the Commons’ debate a few days after her visit. She mentioned Palladium Building Supplies by name in her speech to illustrate the knock-on effect of planned Fuel Duty rises on the South Devon building industry.
On the day of Dr Wollaston’s visit, the pump price of diesel in Kingsbridge, Devon, was £1:49p – typical for a rural constituency.