Ministry and Petroleum Board Officers (Petrol)

Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power – in the House of Commons on 20th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Alfred Edwards Mr Alfred Edwards , Middlesbrough East

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what class of officers in his Ministry, or connected with the Oil Fuel Board, are allowed to obtain petrol without coupons; and for what reason?

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

No officers of the Ministry of Fuel obtain petrol without the surrender of coupons. In the case of the Petroleum Board, to which I assume the hon. Member refers, no officers obtain petrol for their own care without coupons, but vehicles operated by the Board in confer

for all workers employed and for workers at the coal face, respectively for the last four weeks for which they are available for the following districts: Scotland, Northumberland, Durham, South Wales and Monmouthshire, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lancashire and Cheshire?

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

In view of the number of figures involved, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, have them circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Photo of Mr Arthur Colegate Mr Arthur Colegate , The Wrekin

Can the hon. Gentleman give any explanation as to why the figures for Scotland which he is to send me should be less than half those of Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire?

Photo of Mr Tom Smith Mr Tom Smith , Normanton

Absenteeism is a very complicated subject, and one cannot deal with all the factors which make up the figures. But the hon. Gentleman can rest assured that he will find a complete explanation in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following are the figures:

nection with its business are allowed to draw petrol at the Board's own depots without the surrender of coupons.

Photo of Mr Alfred Edwards Mr Alfred Edwards , Middlesbrough East

Does that mean that there are conditions which apply to these two Departments which do not apply to others?

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

No, Sir, except that in the case of the Petroleum Board it would seem unnecessary to prohibit them from issuing petrol to themselves until they have given themselves a coupon.

Photo of Mr Alfred Edwards Mr Alfred Edwards , Middlesbrough East

Is the hon. Gentleman satisfied that there is an adequate check on the people in this Department, just as in other Departments?

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

Yes, Sir, a very strong check.