HC Deb 11 March 1948 vol 448 c1407
65. Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether hire-car firms are permitted to undertake journeys in excess of 20 miles in cases where definite arrangements for these journeys had been made prior to the publication of S.I. No. 386 of 1948.

Mr. Gaitskell

Regional petroleum officers have been instructed to grant licences for journeys up to 31st March where they are satisfied that definite arrangements were made for the journey before 1st March.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Would if not have prevented confusion in this matter if some such provision had been incorporated in the Order?

Mr. Marlowe

Does the right hon. Gentleman recall that he gave me a written answer last week in which he said that no estimate could be made of the saving of petrol? Is it a fact that no petrol will be saved? Is this another order made on psychological grounds?

Mr. Gaitskell

In saying that no estimate could be made, I did not mean that there would be no saving. There will be some saving, but it is impossible to say what it will be.

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