§ Lieut.-Commander Tufnell
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power when the 393W petrol pumps which were taken over by his Department from garage proprietors are likely to be restored to their owners, so as to enable them to be put into working order.
Major Lloyd George
If my hon. and gallant Friend is referring to the petrol pumps and storage equipment which were requisitioned by the Petroleum Board in 1940, in order to ensure the wider dispersal of petrol stocks, I am able to inform him that all the storages so requisitioned have been emptied and restored to their owners. The restoration was completed by April, 1943. If, on the other hand, my hon. and gallant Friend is referring to petrol storages in the Special Defence Area, which were closed down under the powers conferred by the Petroleum (No. 3) Order, 1940, which has recently been revoked, I would refer him to the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Spennymoor (Mr. Murray) on 7th November.