§ Mr. Guy Barnett
asked the Minister for Energy if he will give the number of persons at present employed by his Department administering petrol rationing the number working full-time and part-time, the places where they are employed and the total estimated cost of the scheme to the nearest convenient date.
§ Mr. Patrick Jenkin
Approximately 1,700 full-time staff are currently employed on petrol rationing work in my Department and at the regional petroleum offices listed in my reply to the hon. Member for Swansea, West (Mr. Alan Williams) on 18th January. The total estimated cost of the contingency arrangements for rationing up to 31st January 1974 was approximately £4 million.—[Vol. 867, c. 188.]