HC Deb 07 December 1973 vol 865 cc505-6W
Mr. Edward Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will hold urgent discussions with the vehicle manufacturing industry to consider design modifications which could reduce petrol consumption, in particular the new Vapipe exhaust system developed by the National Engineering Laboratory; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Anthony Grant

The motor manufacturers were made aware of what the Vapipe system has to offer, both from the standpoint of exhaust pollution and fuel consumption, at a demonstration held at secondhand motor vehicles for sale from obtaining a ration book in respect of each vehicle, in view of the potential black market this would create should petrol rationing be introduced.

Mr. Emery

Businesses owning secondhand cars have to license cars before ration books will be issued. The stamp on the log book would reveal to any prospective purchaser this fact and potential purchasers should know that no second ration book will be issued for a car.

Mr. Lomas

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what facilities are being planned for extra petrol coupons for disabled drivers who do not work and for those persons who drive disabled persons to work and on other essential purposes.

Mr. Tom Boardman

Supplementary allowances could be applied for in such cases if petrol rationing were introduced.

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