HC Deb 21 November 1946 vol 430 cc993-4
4. Mr. Anthony Greenwood

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will consider instituting a scheme by which sales representatives will be entitled to a petrol allowance, assessed in accordance with the importance of their trade or industry to the national effort, instead of getting, as at present, the same basic petrol allowance whatever the nature of the business in which they are engaged.

Mr. Shinwell

The supplementary petrol allowances granted to sales representatives and commercial travellers are subject to a maximum quantity, which takes into consideration the horse power of the vehicle used. Where, however, a sales representative is engaged on work of special national importance, he may be granted an increased allowance.

Mr. Greenwood

Does the Minister regard work in connection with equipment for the rehousing of the people and the maintenance of the cotton industry as of national importance?

Mr. Shinwell

Offhand—I should say, "Yes, Sir."

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