HC Deb 20 October 1966 vol 734 cc389-90
27. Mr. Gresham Cooke

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the revised code for petrol filling stations, with particular reference to the use of the latched cut-off petrol nozzle, will be circulated for the guidance of licensing authorities.

The Minister of State, Home Department (Miss Alice Bacon)

The technical sub-committee which I mentioned during the Adjournment debate on 29th July has considered as a matter of priority the use of latched automatic cut-off nozzles, and has this week agreed on the recommendations it wishes to make to the Standing Advisory Committee on Dangerous Substances. The Advisory Committee will be asked to consider them as soon as possible, and, when its views have been received, my right hon. Friend will decide what guidance can be given to licensing authorities.

Mr. Gresham Cooke

I thank the right hon. Lady for that reply. Would she ask the Standing Advisory Committee to hurry up with its decision, as the garage trade wants it as a matter of urgency to offset some of the very heavy costs imposed on it by the Selective Employment Tax?

Miss Bacon

Yes, Sir. We are treating this as a matter of urgency, and seeing to it that the Advisory Committee considers the matter as soon as possible.

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