HC Deb 14 May 1941 vol 371 cc1193-4
15. Mr. A. Edwards

asked the Secretary of State for Air whethere he is aware that it is the practice at many aerodromes for men to use high octane fuel for cleaning machines and floors; and whether he will issue directions that such practice must be stopped, and that officers or men permitting it shall be punished?

Captain Balfour

Regulations are in force which expressly forbid the practice referred to in the hon. Member's Question. If the hon. Member has any evidence that these regulations are being disobeyed and will let me have particulars, I will certainly make inquiries. As regards the second part of the Question, the attention of all concerned was recently drawn to the need for strict enforcement of these regulations, and a further reminder is now being prepared for issue to units.

Mr. Edwards

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that a month or two ago I sent him some correspondence which came to me from several sources and that he promised to take more determined action, and is he further aware that in recent weeks I have checked this up with a good many Service men to whom I have given lifts on the road, every one of whom confirms that there is considerable waste of petrol, and will he make this reminder very strong indeed?

Captain Balfour

We will certainly make it very strong indeed. The hon. Member did send me particulars, and I had them investigated, but I could not find any confirmation. If he will send me particulars of any particular unit concerning which this allegation is made, I will certainly have it looked into.