§ 39. Mr. Mikardo
asked the Minister of Fuel and Power to state the increase in staff, and in the mileage of road vehicles and railway waggons, which will be occasioned by his decision to dissolve the Petroleum Board at the beginning of next year.
§ Mr. Gaitskell
The Petroleum Board is a voluntary association of companies distributing oil in the United Kingdom, and its dissolution is taking place under the terms of the agreement entered into by its constituent members when the Board was set up at the Government's request before the war. It is not possible to assess what, if any, increase in staff or road or rail mileage will result from the dissolution of the Board, the arrangements for which have not yet been completed.