Labour MSP welcomes fuel investigation outcome

Highlands & Islands (Labour) MSP David Stewart who campaigned with the Western Isles campaign group ‘Fair Fuels Solution Group’ has welcomed the announcement that filling stations in the Western Isles will no longer have to buy fuels exclusively from one company.

This announcement follows an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority into a possible infringement of competition law on the islands.

The regulator examined locked-in contracts between retailers and supplier Certas Energy.

The CMA said it hoped the end of such arrangements would encourage more competitive fuel prices on the isles.

David Stewart said: “This is a successful outcome for the local campaign group who have worked hard to get a level playing field in terms of fuel prices on the islands. This announcement will mean that fuel retailers can now be more competitive and should mean lower fuel prices in some case which is a win win for local people and businesses alike.”