Farmers (Petrol Allowances)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Fuel and Power – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th October 1949.

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Photo of Mr Hugh Gaitskell Mr Hugh Gaitskell , Leeds South 12:00 am, 24th October 1949

It would not be practicable to de-ration red petrol for agricultural purposes only, and I am satisfied, after consulting the Standing Advisory Committee, that to take red petrol off the ration altogether would inevitably be accompanied by a substantial increase in consumption which we cannot afford. I am, however, arranging that as from the rationing period beginning on 1st March, 1950, farmers will be able to apply for all their petrol allowances, including those for private cars, on one form instead of two. Moreover, the rationing period will, from the same date, be extended from three to six months. Farmers will thus have to complete only two forms a year to cover all their requirements.