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ADVICE TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES ON FUEL DISTRIBUTION PROBLEMS

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The Local Government Association sent the following briefing on the latest situation on fuel shortages to all local...
The Local Government Association sent the following briefing on the latest situation on fuel shortages to all local authorities last night:

Advice to chief executives of local authorities on fuel distribution problems (dated 13/9/00)

The LGA had discussions on the morning of Wednesday 13th September with civil servants from the home office and the DETR, at which the LGA pressed the case for key local authority services to be included on the list of 'essential services' being drawn up by the DTI under the emergency powers provided by an Order issued under the Energy Act 1976.

The LGA called for the following list of services at least to be included on the government's list:

- Fire service

- Social services - particularly meals on wheels and the provison of care services to the housebound

- Education - primarily school transport

- Environmental health - including refuse collection and disposal

The LGA discussed with the civil servants the announcement by DTI on its website (SEE BELOW) of the designation of approximately 2,000 petrol stations in England and Wales which will distribute fuel to the essential services, using the list that DTI is drawing up. It was expected that this list, and the details of the arrangements to administer the priority distribution scheme, would have been finalised and publicised by the end of today. However, this has been delayed and the LGA is pressing for an urgent announcement.

It is expected that local authorities will be invited, because of their emergency planning responsibilities, to play a significant role in the administration of the priority distribution scheme at these designated petrol stations. But again, the LGA is still waiting for confirmation of the precise arrangements to be put in place.

It would be helpful if local authorities began to identify suitable staff (eg emergency planning staff, perhaps staff with regulatory experience in areas such as environmental health and trading standards) who might be able to assist with these arrangements. It is also expected that there would be a police presence at each of the designated petrol stations.

Further discussions will be held first thing tomorrow (Thursday 14th September) with the relevant government departments in order to confirm the final arrangements. It must be stressed that at this stage no firm decisions have been taken about the precise role of local authorities. The LGA will send full details as soon as they become available.

LISTS OF DESIGNATED FILLING STATIONS AND FUEL DEPOTS

The Liquid and Gaseous Fuel (Designated Filling Stations and Fuel Depots) Order 2000 and The Liquid and Gaseous Fuel (Designated Filling Stations and Fuel Depots) (No.2) Order 2000

At 2pm and 4pm respectively on 13th September 2000, the secretary of state for trade and industry made the above-named orders which came into force at 3pm and 5pm on the same date.

The orders designate filling stations and fuel depots for the purposes of making further orders and giving directions under the Energy Act 1976, referring to lists entitled 'Department of Trade and Industry: Second List of Designated Filling Stations and Fuel Depots' and 'Department of Trade and Industry: Third List of Designated Filling Stations and Fuel Depots' respectively. The names set out in the documents linked to beloware the names comprising those lists.

1. Designated Filling Stations

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2. Fuel depots

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