HC Deb 15 April 1948 vol 449 cc1150-1
28. Commander Noble

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will now reintroduce the petrol allowance for members of the Forces on foreign service leave.

Mr. Gaitskell

This matter is under consideration.

Commander Noble

When does the right hon. Gentleman think that he will come to a decision?

Mr. Gaitskell

I should hope by next week.

34. Mr. Lipson

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will provide petrol coupons to amateur cricket clubs for away matches as the cost of public transport, even if available, is beyond the means of many individual players.

Mr. Gaitskell

I cannot grant supplementary allowances for this purpose, but I trust that the introduction of the standard ration will do something to meet the difficulties which the hon. Member has in mind.

Mr. Lipson

Is the Minister aware that the amount of the standard ration is such that it will be swallowed up by one particular journey, and in view of the difficult situation of cricket will he not have another look at this matter?

Mr. Gaitskell

I should be only too pleased to help amateur cricket clubs, but it is impossible to draw a line between one form of amateur sport and another. We have had to draw it against the amateur in favour of the professional.

Mr. York

Is the Minister aware that the cricket season starts on 1st May, not on 1st June?