HC Deb 28 November 1939 vol 355 cc6-7W
Mr. Levy

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that extra petrol coupons have been reaching applicants weeks after application and in many cases too late for use; that many vehicles on essential service have thereby been demobilised with consequent loss to private business and indirectly to the Exchequer; and what steps he proposes to take, or is taking, to prevent this?

Mr. Lloyd

When after supplementary coupons are issued the applicant asks for a review of his case and further allowances are granted, obviously some time may elapse between the original application and the final instalment. This would be so especially when the applicant defers his second request or correspondence is necessary.

No cases, however, have been brought to my notice in which such final instalments have arrived too late for use during the remainder of the rationing period. If my hon. Friend has any particular instances in mind I shall be glad to investigate them if he will supply me with the details.

Sir W. Allen

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he will state the position regarding the supply of petrol to Northern Ireland; whether that supply is governed by his Department, and whether any Department of the Government of Northern Ireland have any control over the bulk supply, or the rationing of such supply, and whether the petrol rationing officer for Northern Ireland is responsible to the Mines Department or to the Government of Northern Ireland?

Mr. Lloyd

I am looking into the points raised by my hon. and gallant Friend and I will write to him as soon as my inquiries are completed.