HC Deb 15 May 1952 vol 500 cc1624-5
44. Mr. Frederick Gough

asked the Minister of Agriculture how many official motor cars are used by officials of his Department; how many motor cars are used by officials of the county agricultural committees; and if he will consider what economies can be made, particularly in the substitution of motor cycles wherever possible.

Sir T. Dugdale

The number of official (self-drive) cars used by my Department is 943, of which 542 are on charge to county agricultural executive committees for the use of county staff. The numbers are kept constantly under review, and all possible economies are made. As the Ministry's travelling officers are often required to carry equipment it would not be practicable to make a general substitution of motor cycles for cars, but I will certainly bear the suggestion in mind.

Mr. Gough

Would my right hon. and gallant Friend agree with me that this is still a rather formidable figure. and in the interests not only of general saving but of the saving of petrol, would he consider further reductions? I am glad to hear that he will consider the use of motor cycles.

Sir T. Dugdale

Yes, Sir. There are 27 fewer official (self-drive) cars in use at present than there were on 1st October last year.

Mr. George Brown

Will the right hon. and gallant Gentleman not invite his hon. Friend to bear in mind the extra food which these county officials help to produce and put that against the alleged saving of petrol?

Sir T. Dugdale

All these factors are being taken into account.