HC Deb 27 February 1919 vol 112 c1950
63. Captain GANZONI

asked the Prime Minister whether he proposes to take any steps to put an end to the Petrol Control Department; and, if so, when?


The Prime Minister has asked me to answer this question. As intimated on Monday last in reply to the hon. Members for Ashford and Pontypool, legislation would be required to remove the existing obligation on petrol users to take out licences. It will not be possible in anticipation of the Budget statement, to make any announcement regarding the termination of the work of the Petrol Control Department.


Pending the Budget Statement, will my hon. Friend do his best to reduce this petrol nuisance as soon as possible?


As far as it is in my power.

Colonel C. LOWTHER

Seeing that this was a war emergency measure, is not the continuance of this control causing inconvenience and hardship to engineers and others who use petrol?


I am sorry, but it is not a question for the Board of Trade.