HC Deb 02 November 1943 vol 393 c499
3. Mr. Bartle Bull

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will consider increasing the allowance of petrol for taxi-cabs?

Major Lloyd George

The taxi-cab service is at present being reviewed by my Department, in consultation with the other Departments concerned. I will let my hon. Friend know when I have come to a conclusion.

Mr. Mathers

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman also review the position of the private hire services, which in many respects have been in a worse position than the taxi-cabs in regard to supplies of petrol?

Commander Locker-Lampson

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that at places like Waterloo people have waited from 10 till 12, two hours, without a single taxi coming, although outside 120 taxi-cabs have been seen to go by with their flags up?

Mr. Levy

Is not one of the difficulties the lack of rubber for tyres for these vehicles, and for buses also? It is not necessarily a case of petrol.