§ 16. Mr. Tebbit
asked the Secretary of State for Energy what statutory powers he has to ration petrol.
§ Mr. John Smith
The necessary powers to introduce petrol rationing are contained in the Fuel and Electricity (Control) Act 1973.
§ Mr. Tebbit
Does not the hon. Gentleman agree that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has decided to ration petrol through the price mechanism? How is petrol so different from all those other everyday necessities of life which the Chancellor is subsidising instead of allowing to be rationed by the price mechanism?
§ Mr. Patrick McNair-Wilson
What action do the Government intend to take to help the small retailers in this trade? Is not the hon. Gentleman aware that the special maximum price controls rather than the normal operations of the Price Code are having a desperately serious effect on small garages and many may go out of business unless something is done?