HC Deb 19 March 1951 vol 485 c2094
41. Brigadier Clarke

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power how much money has been spent by his Department since the beginning of the fuel crisis asking the public to save fuel.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

The amount is £2,000.

Brigadier Clarke

Does the Minister not realise that the money would be better spent advertising the failures of his Department?

Major Tufton Beamish

Is the Minister aware that to congratulate the housewives on not using coal which does not exist is merely adding insult to injury?

Mr. Noel-Baker

I congratulated the housewives on using less gas and electricity, which they did in a spirit of patriotism.

Mr. Sutcliffe

Has any success been achieved?

Mr. Noel-Baker

Yes, Sir, a very considerable success, as the statistics amply prove.