HC Deb 11 June 1940 vol 361 cc1118-9
35. Mr. Butcher

asked the Secretary for Petroleum what steps he is taking to ensure that petrol now being used for pleasure excursions, shopping expeditions and other non-essential purposes, is either conserved or directed to channels where its use may be of service to the nation, such as the haulage of agricultural produce or other foodstuffs?

The Secretary for Petroleum (Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd)

Adequate supplies of petrol are made available for all necessary road transport of essential commodities. These services are not prejudiced by the allotment of the strictly limited quantity of petrol for domestic purposes. I have recently issued a new Petroleum Order, with the object of checking abuses and promoting further economy in consumption.