HC Deb 03 April 1947 vol 435 cc2211-2
42. Sir I. Fraser

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if, in view of the proposed railway cuts this summer, he will increase the petrol ration for public and private motor-vehicle users in rural areas.

Mr. Gaitskell

Where additional public service vehicles are found to be essential, the necessary motor fuel for running them will, of course, be provided. In the case of private motor vehicles, supplementary petrol allowances are granted for essential journeys where the use of public transport is not reasonably practicable.

Sir I. Fraser

Will the Parliamentary Secretary instruct his officers to be more generous to the small man who hires cars and to the private users in remote villages?

Mr. Gaitskell

I am not aware that officers are unjust and unfair in this matter. If the hon. Member has any specific case in mind, I shall be glad to look into it.