HC Deb 04 August 1942 vol 382 cc842-3
38. Flight-Lieutenant Raikes

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power, whether his attention has been drawn to a journey by motor-car of 160 miles each way to attend a political meeting made by the Dean of Canterbury on 10th July, 1942; whether he will make inquiry as to the amount of supplementary petrol allotted to this gentleman and for what purpose it was so allotted?

Major Lloyd George

A small allowance is made to the Dean of Canterbury for journeys in connection with the duties of his office. I have no information as to the journey to which the hon. and gallant Member refers, but I am making inquiries.

Mr. Rhys Davies

May we take it that there is no differentiation in the amount of petrol allowed to a Communist speaker, as compared with the amount which would be allowed to a Tory or Liberal speaker?

Major Lloyd George

They can all apply.

Major Petherick

Will the Minister take into consideration that it would be wholly outrageous, if this allegation were true, to give a 320 mile petrol allowance to a prelate of notoriously subversive views, when allowances are cut down for members of the Army, Navy and Air Force?

Sir Herbert Williams

Was there much social credit attached to this journey?