HC Deb 15 November 1917 vol 99 c584

LEVY asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that confusion has arisen in the interpretation of some of the provisions of the Motor Spirit Restriction Order (No. 2), 1917; and whether he will state what is the correct interpretation of the words, "the necessary household affairs," in paragraph 3 (a) (2)?


I doubt if it be possible or expedient to frame a comprehensive definition of the words "necessary household affairs. "The words must be taken in their plain, ordinary meaning; but, in the present grave position with regard to petrol supplies, I hope that I may rely on the public to give the narrowest possible interpretation to the exemption.