HC Deb 09 July 1942 vol 381 cc942-3
59. Mr. Mander

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power the amount of petrol now being allowed at by-elections for the purpose of conveying voters to the poll?

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Fuel and Power (Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd)

The amount of petrol to be allowed to candidates at a by-election for campaigning and polling requirements together, is assessed by this Department according to the nature of the constituency and the public transport available.

Mr. Mander

Does not my hon. Friend think that under present circumstances it would be advisable to stop the use of petrol for the purpose of bringing voters to the poll in order that the advantages possessed by wealth in this matter may no longer prevail?

Mr. Lloyd

The amount of petrol used in these cases is small.

Colonel Arthur Evans

Will my hon. Friend bear in mind that the possession of wealth has no relation at all to the availability of petrol?