HC Deb 24 January 1940 vol 356 cc598-9W
Mr. Marshall

asked the Secretary for Mines whether he is aware that the petrol control for the city of Sheffield is placed at Leeds, which causes inconvenience and waste of time among Sheffield business men; that there is a strong desire among Sheffield citizens that a city of 550,000 inhabitants, and a place of great industrial importance, should have its own petroleum officer; and will he therefore make such an appointment and obviate the cost and waste of time involved in travelling 40 miles to Leeds when grievances have to be discussed?

Mr. Lloyd

In selecting the centres for the Divisional Petroleum Offices, it was considered essentialy to fix them at the centres adopted for the headquarters of the Regional Commissioners, and both on financial grounds and with a view to securing uniformity of administration it is desirable to keep the number as few as possible. While, therefore, I am fully alive to the great importance of Sheffield as an industrial centre, I am afraid I cannot see my way to adopt the hon. Member's suggestion.