HC Deb 28 May 1946 vol 423 c977
37. Mr. Wilson Harris

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will give British motorists in Britain the same petrol allowance as is given to British motorists in Belgium.

Mr. Shinwell

I could not undertake to grant petrol allowances to motorists in this country on the particular scale adopted in some other country.

Mr. Harris

Can the right hon. Gentleman improve on the scale?

Mr. Shinwell

With the greatest pleasure, if circumstances justify it.

76. Mr. Paget

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will consider granting supplementary petrol allowances to enable demobilised men with three or more years' foreign service to live with their families whilst undergoing vocational training or whilst in employment within some specified distance of their homes.

Mr. Shinwell

Supplementary allowances are granted, within certain limits, to enable a person to travel by car or motor-cycle between his residence and place of work, where the use of public transport is not reasonably practicable.

Mr. Paget

Will the Minister consider some cases to which I have drawn his attention of men in Northampton, who have been five years abroad, and who have to travel 32 miles to their work in Leicester, and whose application for petrol, to enable them to live at home, has been refused?

Mr. Shinwell

If there are no alternatives of transport, then clearly these cases ought to be reviewed, but if there are alternative means of transport, they should be used.