Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Petroleum Office, Reading.

– in the House of Commons on 19th May 1942.

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Dr. Russell Thomas:

asked the Secretary for Petroleum whether he has now completed his review of the administration and organisation of his regional petroleum office at Reading.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Birmingham, Ladywood

Yes, Sir. The administration and organisation of all divisional petroleum offices have been reviewed recently, and I am now considering various suggestions for improvement.

Dr. Thomas:

Whilst thanking my hon. Friend for investigating his very unsatisfactory office at Reading, may I ask if he will see that firms working for the Government in the southern area do not recklessly distribute petrol coupons to workmen in order to allow them to travel double journeys of 30 to 40 miles per day each way and for whom billets could be arranged near their work?

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Birmingham, Ladywood

That is one point that is under consideration. The office has been much handicapped by difficulties which have now been overcome.