Petrol Allowance (Dean of Canterbury).

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power. – in the House of Commons on 4th August 1942.

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Photo of Mr Henry Raikes Mr Henry Raikes , Essex South Eastern

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power, whether his attention has been drawn to a journey by motor-car of 160 miles each way to attend a political meeting made by the Dean of Canterbury on 10th July, 1942; whether he will make inquiry as to the amount of supplementary petrol allotted to this gentleman and for what purpose it was so allotted?

Major Lloyd George:

A small allowance is made to the Dean of Canterbury for journeys in connection with the duties of his office. I have no information as to the journey to which the hon. and gallant Member refers, but I am making inquiries.

Photo of Mr Rhys Davies Mr Rhys Davies , Westhoughton

May we take it that there is no differentiation in the amount of petrol allowed to a Communist speaker, as compared with the amount which would be allowed to a Tory or Liberal speaker?

Major Lloyd George:

They can all apply.

Photo of Mr Maurice Petherick Mr Maurice Petherick , Penryn and Falmouth

Will the Minister take into consideration that it would be wholly outrageous, if this allegation were true, to give a 320 mile petrol allowance to a prelate of notoriously subversive views, when allowances are cut down for members of the Army, Navy and Air Force?

Photo of Mr Herbert Williams Mr Herbert Williams , Croydon South

Was there much social credit attached to this journey?