HC Deb 10 April 1940 vol 359 cc595-6W
Mr. A. Edwards

asked the Minister of Transport whether he is aware that omnibuses are permitted to run from Leeds, Hartlepool and other distant towns to Whitby on holiday trips, whilst haulage contractors, engaged in hauling coal, are deprived of their requisite supplies of petrol by the Pool Board; and whether he is now prepared to ban all pleasure travel by road until legitimate traders are adequately supplied with petrol for their essential business?

Captain Wallace

Liquid fuel is made available for all essential road movements of goods. In consultation with my hon.

Friend the Secretary for Mines, I have made arrangements for special issues of liquid fuel for local delivery of coal. These issues for essential work are not prejudiced by the allotment of liquid fuel for recreational traffic of the kind referred to by the hon. Member. If he has in mind any particular cases where it is alleged that fuel is not available for essential purposes and will send me the particulars, I shall be glad to look into them.