HC Deb 18 December 1973 vol 866 c302W
Mr. Bishop

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has for the supply of fuel to boat owners and for the transport of fuel supplies to their craft; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Tom Boardman

I understand that most boats operate on marine diesel oil which, under present plans, will not be subject to rationing by coupon if such a scheme has to be introduced. It is expected that reasonable supplies of this fuel should continue to be available to boat owners. As regards those boats which operate on motor fuels, a decision as to fuel allocation will be taken at the time in the light of the availability of supplies. A boat owner to whom the use of a boat is essential for his business or transport will be able to apply to the regional petroleum officer for an allocation of fuel for such purposes.

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