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STATEMENT BY RHODRI MORGAN ON THE FUEL SITUATION

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'The situation throughout Wales is still causing great concern. Petrol is slowly getting through to priority users ...
'The situation throughout Wales is still causing great concern. Petrol is slowly getting through to priority users but supplies are very patchy and more needs to be done.

'I am pleased that HM Customs and Excise has agreed to relax the regulation on the use of red diesel for vehicles making journeys essential for public health or safety. However, unless the situation improves dramatically the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our communities could be put at risk.

'Supplies of fuel need to be significantly improved before there can be a return to any level of normality and I reiterate my call for an immediate end to the remaining blockades of oil refineries and fuel depots. The fuel companies must also do their part to ensure that the flow of fuel continues to increase throughout Wales.

'The supply of fuel to priority users has to be co-ordinated locally and I am encouraged to see some evidence that local emergency arrangements are beginning to work.

'The assembly is doing all it can to help. The communications centre in Cathays Park is now operating 24 hours a day monitoring the situation across Wales and inputting into developments at Whitehall and environment secretary Sue Essex travelled to London by train today to discuss the situation with UK ministers.

'Even after full supplies have been restored it will take some time for Wales to get back to normal. In the meantime I would urge the public to act with restraint and give priority at the pumps to those with vital roles to perform in the community.'

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