HC Deb 21 March 1944 vol 398 cc658-9
29. Sir T. Moore

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what was the consumption of petrol by the ground Forces of our Allies and by our own ground Forces, respectively, within Great Britain during the month of January.

Major Lloyd George

It would not be in the public interest to give the information for which my hon. and gallant Friend asks.

Sir T. Moore

In this allocation of petrol to the Armed Forces of the Crown and to our Allies, will my right hon. and gallant Friend take a sympathetic view of the needs of the civilian community? They have few rights now, but they still have needs.

Major Lloyd George

I certainly will.

Sir A. Southby

Is it not a fact that our Allies import and pay for their own petrol, and is not the way they use it their business and not ours?

Mr. Molson

Are the Allies required to exercise the same economy as our Forces?

Major Lloyd George

The question of economy applies equally to both but, of course, how it is exercised in the case of our Allies, must be a matter for the Allies.

Earl Winterton

Has the right hon. and gallant Gentleman no right of making application to the appropriate authorities of His Majesty's Government if he thinks there is an undue waste of petrol?

Major Lloyd George

Certainly, and I have done so on more than one occasion.