Petrol Allowance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force. – in the House of Commons on 17th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will consider the possibility of issuing a basic petrol allowance to the Royal Air Force of 200 miles a quarter, instead of the present allowance of 250 miles for leave only?

Photo of Captain John McEwen Captain John McEwen , Berwickshire and Haddingtonshire

No, Sir. My right hon. Friend regrets that he does not feel that an increase in the existing scale of allowance would be justifiable in present circumstances.

Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern

Will my hon. and gallant Friend ask his right hon. Friend to consider the possibility of issuing an even lower mileage allowance than that suggested in the Question if the supplies of petrol are limited, on the grounds that it would be very much more useful to Air Force personnel employed on stations, which are often isolated, as against using petrol for leave purposes which is both extravagant and unnecessary?