HC Deb 09 April 1946 vol 421 cc1779-80
22. Mr. Peter Freeman

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will make an increase in the supplementary allowance of the petrol ration for business and professional purposes in the near future; and whether he will announce the date as early as possible to enable those concerned to arrange their affairs accordingly.

Mr. Shinwell

I should like to increase the supplementary allowances for business and professional purposes, but I regret that I am not yet in a position to do so. I will keep in mind my hon. Friend's suggestion that when a change is possible suitable notice should be given.

Mr. Freeman

Can the Minister give any indication whether it will be possible this summer to do anything of the kind?

Mr. Shinwell

All sorts of things are possible this summer.

25. Mr. Bossom

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he can yet give the date on which he intends to end petrol rationing.

29. Mr. Kinģ

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he now has any statement to make on petrol rationing.

Mr. Shinwell

I cannot yet say when it will be possible to abolish petrol rationing.

Mr. David Eccles

Would the Minister say whether it is shortage of shipping or shortage of foreign exchange that is the major factor?

Mr. Shinwell

There are a variety of causes. There is an inadequacy of tanker supplies and there is the demand made on our sterling resources in all parts of the world, but we hope to overcome most of these obstacles before long.

Mr. Bossom

Can the Minister give the House any information as to whether there is enough petrol in this country at the present time to take advantage of this situation?

Mr. Shinwell

Stocks of petrol are fairly good at present, but we cannot take any risks.