HC Deb 16 February 1944 vol 397 cc164-5
24. Mr. Butcher

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport what steps he is taking to encourage the design and development of electrical vehicles.

Mr. Noel-Baker

My Noble Friend has asked the regional transport commissioners to give favourable consideration to all applications for licences to acquire electric battery vehicles, and arrangements have been made for the production of as many of these vehicles as are likely to be required for essential work. Facilities have also been given to designers to produce prototypes of new models which appear to be improvements on those which now exist.

Mr. Thorne

Do these vehicles cost more to build than petrol-driven ones?

Mr. Noel-Baker

They cost a little more to build, but they are cheaper to operate.