HC Deb 31 July 1941 vol 373 cc1545-6W
Mr. Boyce

asked the Secretary for Petroleum whether, in view of the fact that divisional petroleum officers already have power to refuse supplementary rations to persons who are unwilling to furnish full particulars of their journeys and that the compulsory keeping of logbooks would be an unnecessary addition to the motoring regulations, he will reconsider this proposal?

Mr. Lloyd

I am considering, in the light of records of journeys which are now being called for in certain cases, what, if any, modifications are desirable in the content of the record before determining the question of a more formal requirement.

Sir G. Fox

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the Henley Rural District Council has abandoned the collection of house refuse owing to labour and petrol difficulties; and whether he will assist them to maintain this sanitary service?

Mr. E. Brown

I understand that the council have found it necessary to reduce their refuse collection service. The salvage and refuse department of the council is, however, being provisionally scheduled under the Essential Work (General Provisions) Orders, 1941, as from Monday, 4th August, 1941. I am informed that no representations from the council as to petrol difficulties have been received by the Petroleum Department.

Sir G. Fox

asked the Minister of Health whether, to maintain essential sanitary services, particularly in districts where there are a large number of evacuees, he is satisfied that sufficient petrol rations are supplied to the local authorities concerned?

Mr. Brown

My Department has no information indicating that there is any dissatisfaction with the petrol allowances made to local authorities to enable them to maintain essential sanitary services. If my hon. Friend will furnish me with particulars of any district he has in mind I shall be glad to make inquiries.