HC Deb 17 November 1947 vol 444 cc796-7
32. Mr. Butcher

asked the Minister of Supply whether, in view of the decreased number of motor cars available for the home market, he proposes to allocate these to persons in the greatest need, or if he intends to leave the distribution in the hands of the manufacturers.

Mr. G. R. Strauss

There is no intention to reintroduce an official allocation scheme for motor cars.

Mr. Butcher

Will the right hon. Gentleman leave the matter entirely in the hands of the motor manufacturers, in an endeavour to prevent the National Coal Board securing the favourable treatment they are receiving at the present time?

Squadron-Leader Flemming

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in the Manchester area doctors and midwives are finding it impossible to get new cars? Could not something be done to help them, because they are doing essential work?

Mr. Strauss

The manufacturers have agreed to give priority to doctors, mid-wives, veterinary surgeons and other priority classes.

Colonel Ropner

Has the right hon. Gentleman asked the distributors of motor cars to adopt an official scheme, because many people are receiving a questionnaire which seems to have the authority of the right hon. Gentleman's Ministry behind it? Is that so?

Mr. Strauss

Not as far as I am aware.