HC Deb 06 February 1945 vol 407 cc1874-5
15. Mr. Glanville

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if, in view of the difficulty experienced by members of His Majesty's forces in getting from main line stations, Newcastle and Durham, to their homes in outlying districts, when proceeding on leave, he will agree to an extra allowance of petrol to motor-car owners who are willing to assist in conveying them to their homes, thus ensuring to the forces members the full benefit of their leave.

Major Lloyd George

As my hon. Friend is no doubt aware, it was recently decided to re-introduce the "Get-you-Home" scheme for the benefit of members of the Services returning to this country on leave. The necessary arrangements are made locally by the Army Welfare authorities. I understand from my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War that orders for the restarting of the scheme went out on 18th January.

Mr. Glanville

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that I have facts to show that men and girls have had to walk seven or eight miles to get to their homes?

Major Lloyd George

My hon. Friend will realise that Army welfare is not part of my duty. My duty is to see that the petrol is provided, and I am given to understand that the instructions were issued on 18th January. I would remind my hon. Friend that this service is for soldiers returning to this country and not for those already in it.