asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he is prepared to increase the petrol allowance to London taxi-cabs in order to reduce the delay and congestion at the London railway termini.
While I am anxious to permit relaxations, such as those suggested by my lion Friend, in the petrol rationing scheme as soon as possible, I regret that at present the supply position does not justify such action. My hon. Friend will appreciate that other concessions may in any event require to be given precedence over such proposals for relaxation, even though the amount of petrol involved is small.
Does not the Minister realise that baldly anybody travels to-day for pleasure; and does he not think that some alleviation could be made in the case of taxi-cabs which serve the main line stations at night?
As I have informed the House before, I am most anxious, at the earliest possible moment; to permit some relaxation, but the supply position at the moment definitely does not allow that.
Any relaxation would not be confined to one area, and, when the time comes when relaxation can be made, it will, obviously, be made in such a way as to benefit the country as a whole.