HC Deb 05 June 1947 vol 438 cc366-7
19. Mr. David Renton

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that Mr. V. C. Brains has been granted 57 supplementary U petrol coupon units for the period May to August inclusive, but that he has been refused a permit by the petroleum officer at Cambridge to purchase a set of tyres for his car, which is used for business purposes, to replace his present tyres which are worn out; and whether he will explain the petroleum officer's refusal of such permit.

Mr. Shinwell

The regional petroleum officer was unable to grant Mr. V. C. Brains a permit to purchase new motor car tyres since these are only to be issued to recipients of "E" petrol coupons except in certain cases of serious physical disability. Mr. Brains' business is of a type for which "S" petrol coupons are issued. There are no petrol coupon units marked "U."

Mr. Renton

Will the Minister explain what is the use of supplying any additional petrol coupons for a car which has not the tyres on which to run?

Mr. Shinwell

I can only say that we supply the petrol coupons and the petrol, but we do not supply the tyres. That is not our business.