HC Deb 13 February 1945 vol 408 cc12-3
20. Major Lord Willoughby de Eresby

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether arrangements have now been made to enable members of His Majesty's forces returning home on seven days' leave to draw coupons for leave petrol prior to their return by post, or by sending an accredited representative to draw the coupons on their behalf so as to avoid wasting valuable days of leave.

Major Lloyd George

I hope that, as the result of the discussions now proceeding with the Service Departments, it may be possible to introduce a scheme on these lines at an early date.

Lord Willoughby de Eresby

Does the Minister not agree that a state of affairs in which a soldier returning from leave is met by his wife or father with his own car, already filled up with his leave petrol, is what we should try to bring about, instead of the present state of affairs in the country districts, when it may take anything up to five days for a soldier to acquire his leave petrol?

Major Lloyd George

The whole purpose of this scheme, which we are now trying to work out, is to avoid that kind of thing, but my Noble Friend will appreciate that every step must be taken to guard against abuse.

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