Petrol Distribution (Local Officials' Instructions).

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power. – in the House of Commons on 25th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that officials in charge of local motor taxation offices complain that they are not furnished with instructions regarding the changes in the distribution of petrol for the use of motor-cars and they can only refer inquirers to the district controller; and will he consider having local officials informed of any changes which may take place?

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Pembrokeshire

Local taxation offices are not offices of my Department, but by arrangement with my Noble Friend the Minister of War Transport and the local authorities concerned, they are, like post offices, enabled to issue certain forms and documents. I am not aware of any complaint on their behalf as to lack of the information necessary for that work. Inquiries such as those referred to by my hon. Friend should be addressed to the Divisional Petroleum Officer.

Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that it is somewhat inconvenient for local residents to have to apply to the district controller, who may be many miles away from the town; and could not the local taxation officer have information to satisfy inquirers?

Photo of Mr Gwilym Lloyd George Mr Gwilym Lloyd George , Pembrokeshire

Some decisions have to be taken rather quickly, but we do our best to let them have the information as soon as it can be got.