HC Deb 29 January 1948 vol 446 cc172-3W
92. Mr. Mitchison

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power why he has refused an application by the rector of Holcott for petrol to enable him to perform pastoral work in Scaldwell at the request of the Bishop of the diocese; what is the distinction between the rector's case and that of the vicar of Brixworth, whom the rector, in his capacity as rural dean and sequestrator of the benefice of Old, has instructed to do similar pastoral work at Old and who has been allowed 12 gallons of petrol a month for the purpose; and whether he is now prepared to make an allowance to the rector of Holcott.

Mr. Gaitskell

In view of the further particulars supplied by the rector of Holcott, an additional allowance is being granted.

103. Mr. Collins

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power on what grounds the itinerant photographer who arrives every morning at Trafalgar Square in a large Wolseley car has been granted a supplementary petrol allocation.

Mr. Gaitskell

To enable him to carry on his business in various parts of London.

107. Sir G. Fox

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether, in view of the fact that in some districts petrol is allowed for two days' shopping a week, he will instruct regional officers to extend that concession to the districts where it is now only permitted one day a week or not at all.

Mr. Gaitskell

The instruction to regional petroleum officers is that allowances may he granted for a maximum of two journeys a week to the nearest shopping centre.

Mr. Hollis

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that Mrs. Townsend of Lower Park Farm, Caen Hill, Devizes, was granted two gallons of petrol a week for shopping and farm business but was refused permission to use petrol for a driving test; and will he reconsider this decision.

Mr. Gaitskell

Yes. Permission has now been given to use petrol for this purpose.