HC Deb 03 August 1943 vol 391 cc2060-1
4. Sir H. Williams

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what instructions have been given to the regional petroleum commissioners about the treatment of applications for petrol allowances from invalids; whether a uniform practice is followed throughout the country; and why in some cases the commissioners have ordered invalids not to go beyond a radius of their homes, thereby in some cases preventing an invalid living in a country area from ever going into town?

The Minister of Fuel and Power (Major Lloyd George)

Petrol allowances are granted to invalids for visits to a hospital or clinic freely and without a radial limitation, and to invalids, medically certified to need it, for carriage exercise. In the latter case, a radial limitation is imposed in order to confine its use to its intended purpose. This radius is now 10 miles. Regional Controllers have been instructed to deal sympathetically with the claims of the physically infirm, and have full discretion.