HC Deb 11 March 1957 vol 566 cc123-4W
9. Lady Tweedsmuir

asked the Paymaster-General whether he will now increase the value of petrol coupons during the present rationing period, owing to the large stocks of petrol held throughout the country.

Mr. Maudling

No. Stocks are rather below the seasonal normal and we must conserve them against the day when rationing can be abolished.

10. Mr. M. Lindsay

asked the Paymaster-General whether he is aware that commercial travellers and manufacturers' agents are receiving barely 40 per cent. of their normal petrol consumption; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Maudling

Applications for petrol for commercial travellers and manufacturers' agents, whether made by the self-employed or by employers, are not dealt with by reference to a percentage of normal consumption, but on their merits, and the allowances issued vary according to the circumstances of each case.

Dr. King

asked the Paymaster-General the maximum amount of petrol allowed monthly for a political agent and a political agent who has a prospective candidate, in urban and rural constituencies, respectively.

Mr. Maudling

Allowances to the three main political party organisations in respect of all constituency activities may not exceed the following limits:

—— Maximum allowance Miles per month
Borough constituency County constituency
Party holding the seat and Opposition Party with no prospective candidate 875 1,750
Party with a prospective candidate (other than the sitting Member) 1,250 2,500

The limit for a county constituency of more than 150,000 acres may be increased by 10 per cent, for each additional 50,000 acres up to a maximum of 400,000 acres.

Mr. Burke

asked the Paymaster-General how many commercial travellers in the North-Western Region have applied for extra petrol allowances; and what has been the average monthly amount allocated.

Mr. Maudling

I regret that this information is not available and could only be obtained at the expense of other more essential work.