HC Deb 04 August 1942 vol 382 c843
40. Mr. Gledhill

asked the Minister of-Fuel and Power whether the proposed propaganda campaign to secure the voluntary rationing of fuel is shortly to be started; and, if so, by whom?

32. Sir Percy Hurd

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what further steps are being taken for a national campaign for fuel saving so as to avoid the rationing of fuel?

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Fuel and Power (Mr. T. Smith)

I would refer my hon. Friends to the statement on this subject which my right hon. Friend made in the House on the 28th July in reply to Questions by the hon. Member for The Wrekin (Mr. Colegate) and the hon. and gallant Member for Loughborough (Major Kimball).

Sir P. Hurd

Has my hon. Friend noticed that my Question asked what further steps have been taken, and what results have been attained by the campaign which has gone on for a long' time now?

Mr. Smith

It is impossible at the moment to state what progress has been made, but what can be said is that every consideration has been given to the subject and that efforts are being made to secure the necessary economies.

Sir P. Hurd

But what further efforts are in progress?

Mr. Smith

Steps of all kinds, like consultations with different organisations, engineering employers and so on, and the setting up of committees in various districts in order to get ahead with the subject.

Captain Peter Macdonald

Has the hon. Member considered a postponement of the cessation of double summer time as a means of saving fuel?

Mr. Smith

There is another Question on that subject.