Mr. De la Bère
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether steps will be taken to ensure that adequate supplies of paraffin are made available to Messrs. H. R 29W Machin, central hardware stores, 69, High Street, Droitwich, in view of their distribution throughout the rural area where gas and electricity supplies are not available.
§ Mr. Gaitskell
The monthly deliveries of paraffin to dealers are always sufficient to meet the specific allocations to their "priority" consumers who are solely dependent on this fuel for heating, lighting or cooking. Messrs. H. R. Machin's allocation of paraffin for March will be 323 gallons, which represents a considerable increase on the quantity they received in March, 1946. Of the 323 gallons, 244 gallons will be required to meet "priority" allocations.