HC Deb 21 November 1939 vol 353 cc1022-3
79. Mr. J. Griffiths

asked the Secretary for Mines what distributing agency supplies petrol for vehicles engaged in airraid precautions and other Civil Defence work; and whether he will consider using the agency of the ordinary petrol distributors for this purpose, in view of the hardships now being experienced by these traders?

Mr. Lloyd

Local authorities were advised that they should make special arrangements to lay down stocks of petrol for A.R.P. and other Civil Defence work in order to ensure that the necessary supplies would be available when and where required. I am not aware of the agencies employed for this purpose by the various authorities concerned. In the public interest it would, I consider, be inexpedient to interfere with the discretion of the local authorities in the matter.