HC Deb 03 March 1958 vol 583 c101W
73. Mr. Lewis

asked the Paymaster-General why he will not re-introduce price control on petrol.

Sir I. Horobin

I believe that competition offers the best safeguard to the consumer.

74. Mr. E. L. Mallalieu

asked the Paymaster-General if he will take steps to arrange that on every pump from which petrol is sold is displayed the octane rating, so that a motorist will know what quality of petrol he is buying and can select the cheapest kind which will give the best result in his particular engine.

Sir I Horobin

This is a matter for the oil trade, but a difficulty about the hon. Member's suggestion is that quality and suitability often do not depend on octane number alone.