HC Deb 18 January 1974 vol 867 cc187-8W
Mr. Lomas

asked the Minister for Energy if he will make a statement giving as much information as possible on the position of foreign car-owning tourists coming to Great Britain for a holiday, in the event of petrol rationing.

Mr. Patrick Jenkin

Arrangements are being made for the AA and RAC to issue motor fuel coupons to overseas visitors to the United Kingdom if rationing were introduced. Coupons would be issued both at ports of entry and at inland offices of the two organisations. The size of the ration would depend on the oil supply situation at the time.

I am asking the RAC, the AA and the British Tourist Authority to do as much as possible to see that appropriate publicity is given to these arrangements overseas for intending visitors to Britain in the event that rationing is introduced.

Mr. Alan Williams

asked the Minister for Energy how many extra staff have been taken on to carry out work related to petrol rationing; and what is the area distribution of this extra recruitment.

Mr. Patrick Jenkin

1,264 extra temporary staff have been taken on by the regional petroleum offices as follows:

Birmingham 84
Cardiff 64
Glasgow 81
Leeds 97
London 564
Manchester 137
Newcastle 75
Newport 61
Nottingham 101