HC Deb 09 July 1941 vol 373 c163
35. Sir L. Lyle

asked the Secretary for Petroleum whether, with regard to the proposed use of inspectors to examine the log-books or similar documents showing the use of supplementary petrol coupons by motorists, this arrangement will require the requisitioning of premises; what number of men or women will be employed, especially in view of the need of man-power at the present time; what will be the cost to the country; and whether, in order to secure petrol economy more cheaply and efficiently, a further reduction will be made in the number of petrol coupons issued?

The Secretary for Petroleum (Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd)

Such examination of records of journeys as may be necessary will be carried out by the administrative staff of the Divisional Petroleum Offices. No additional premises or staff will be required for this purpose.

Sir L. Lyle

Is not the whole scheme quite unworkable, unless by the expenditure of considerable man-power, and this man-power is the very point that Ministers are constantly telling us is the crux of the whole war situation?

Mr. Lloyd

I cannot add to the reply.

Mr. Crowder

Will my hon. Friend consider withdrawing the scheme unless he is satisfied that it will really be of some use?

Mr. Evelyn Walkden

Will the Minister consider withdrawing the basic ration altogether, so that police officers may check up on what is actually used of the supplementary ration?

Mr. Lloyd

I think that the basic ration performs a most useful function.