HC Deb 23 July 1941 vol 373 cc868-9
19. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport whether he is aware of the concern caused by the North-West Regional Transport Commissioner's request about the saving of petrol and oil; that a high percentage of that consumed in this area is in workpeople's services; that, as the people require some relaxation at week ends, the workpeople's services need to be increased; and what is the policy of the Ministry in the matter?

Colonel Llewellin

Services required to take people to and from essential work must have the first call on the allotment of motor fuel for road passenger services. Subject to the need for economy fuel is also made available for reasonable recreational facilities for workers with proper regard to the length of the journey, the availability of other means of transport and the effect of the supply of vehicles and drivers for essential services.

Mr. Smith

In view of the increased traffic requirements arising out of war needs, has the Minister considered the need of eliminating pre-war restrictions, such as interchange of systems and the number of people carried on buses; and is he satisfied that the Ministry are taking steps to avoid a repetition of our experience last winter?

Colonel Llewellin

We are certainly doing a great deal to see that last winter's experience is not experienced again. With regard to the particular points in the first part of my hon. Friend's Supplementary Question, I should like him to put them down.