HC Deb 11 March 1948 vol 448 cc1405-6
27. Mr. Heathcoat Amory

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether, in order to permit people to get to their work in country districts with less delay, he will authorise petrol allowances for motor cycles for this purpose in all cases, whether public transport is available or not.

Mr. Gaitskell

No, Sir. In present circumstances allowances cannot be granted where alternative means of transport are reasonably practicable.

Mr. Amory

Will the Minister bear in mind that the motor cycle is extremely economical in the use of fuel, and its use makes a tremendous difference to people going to and from work in the time saved, and also saves public transport?

Mr. Gaitskell

The difference in saving between motor cycles and small cars is not nearly so great as the hon. Member seems to suggest.