Letter to the Clerk of the Committee from
the Legitimate Oil Pressure Group
I am pleased to note that the Northern Ireland
Affairs Committee has agreed to conduct an enquiry into the illegal
sale of fuel oils in Northern Ireland. I chair a recentlyformed
group call the "Legitimate Oil Pressure Group" (LOPG),
whose sole objective is to stamp out the importation and sale
of illegal fuel oils in Northern Ireland.
You will see from the attached documents
that we enjoy wide support together with CBI and IoD across all
industry sectors relating to the world of oil. The problemalthough
perhaps small in the context of the UKis vast within the
context of Northern Ireland. It is causing immense damage to bona
fide business and eating away at the honesty and integrity
of a normally respectable community.
I attach a number of documents which were recently
presented to the NI branch of the Customs and Excise service at
a meeting held on Monday 14 December.1 It is with their knowledge
that we pass the same documentation to your Committee.
I understand that the Committee and/or representatives
are to visit Northern Ireland around 12-13 January 1999 and I
would request that you include a meeting with the Legitimate Oil
Pressure Group in your agenda.
17 December 1998
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