HC Deb 24 March 1942 vol 378 cc1792-3
22. Major Lyons

asked the Secretary for Petroleum whether his attention has been drawn to the opportunity for abuse which has existed when the owner of more than one motor-car received automatically a basic petrol ration for each; and whether he will issue instructions to all divisional petroleum officers to secure that no additional ration is issued to any person merely because of ownership of two or more motor-cars?

The Secretary for Petroleum (Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd)

Yes, Sir.

38. Mr. Thorne

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he can give any information in connection with the sale of 119 gallons of petrol in one day by Frederick Halfpenny, who was charged at the Southampton police court on Saturday, 14th March, with breaking the petrol regulations; how he was able to get the coupons and sell them at 1s. each; and how many people were involved in the transaction?

The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Peake)

Frederick Halfpenny, a garage proprietor, was fined a total of £81, and 35 other defendants were fined sums varying from £1 to £10, for infringements of the Motor Fuel Rationing Order, 1941. These other defendants, who were err ployed at nearby war factories, had either been supplied with petrol without tendering coupons or had tendered coupons relating to vehicles which did not receive the petrol. There is apparently no foundation for the suggestion that Halfpenny had been selling petrol coupons at 1s. each.