§ 10. Mr. Fletcher-Cooke
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power when he expects to allow branded petrol to be once again on sale to the public.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd
The oil companies have asked the Government to reconsider this matter. It involves questions not only of supply, but also of the general balance of payments, and I am not able to make any statement at present.
§ Mr. Fletcher-Cooke
Is the Minister aware that we are almost the only civilised country in the world which gives the consumer no opportunity of buying better petrol and thus getting a greater mileage per gallon?
§ Mr. Beswick
Would not the Minister agree that, at the moment, we are to some extent getting the worst of both worlds? Would not he insist that we not only retain the branded pool petrol, but also that we revert to the pool system of distribution, with its attendant economies?