HC Deb 14 December 1939 vol 355 cc1333-4W
Mr. Lipson

asked the Secretary for Mines what steps are taken to ensure that no garages and filling-stations are supplying petrol to their customers without requiring coupons; and to ensure that the regulations for the sale of petrol are strictly enforced?

Mr. Lloyd

It is an offence under the Defence Regulations to supply petrol to consumers except against the surrender of coupons and several prosecutions have already been undertaken. In addition, garage proprietors can only obtain fresh supplies on surrender to their suppliers of the requisite number of coupons.

Mr. Hannah

asked the Secretary for Mines why the Petroleum Board allows commercial users of petrol to deduct ¾d. from the 1s. 7d. price of each gallon of motor spirit they buy, while garage-keepers, who have to make their living from sales, get no such rebate?

Mr. Lloyd

I have received representations from the Motor Agents' Association on the point referred to and certain other matters, and I have these representations under consideration at the present time.

Sir H. Morris-Jones

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is now able to grant a concession of a small extra ration of petrol during their Christmas and New Year leave to officers and men in the Services who possess cars?

Mr. Lloyd

I hope to make an announcement of some temporary concession very shortly.

Mr. Robert Morgan

asked the Secretary for Mines in how many cases firms employing a small number of commercial travellers who are unable to effect any appreciable economy by a pooling system have received extra allowances of petrol; and what proportion these firms represent of all firms employing commercial travellers?

Mr. Lloyd

I regret that this information is not available.