HC Deb 01 April 1957 vol 568 cc13-4W
111. Mr. Ernest Davies

asked the Paymaster-General what has been the total cost of administering the restrictions on oil consumption and petrol rationing to date.

Mr. Renton

The cost to the Ministry of Power is about £400,000, including about £250.000 payable to other Departments.

Mr. Lewis

asked the Paymaster-General whether, now that the Suez Canal has been cleared, he will make an announcement on the Government's plan to end petrol rationing.

Mr. Hunter

asked the Paymaster-General whether, in view of the opening of the Suez Canal, he is yet in a position to give an approximate date for the ending of petrol rationing.

Mr. Renton

No. As my right hon. Friend the Paymaster-General said on 20th February, the end of petrol rationing depends on the assurance of an adequate and regular flow of supplies