Polish Petroleum (Import)

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 Sir Charles Taylor Sir Charles Taylor , Eastbourne 12:00 am, 24th October 1949

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what consideration he has given to the purchase of petroleum from Poland; and with what result.

Photo of Mr Hugh Gaitskell Mr Hugh Gaitskell , Leeds South

Petroleum is not regularly exported from Poland, but some small quantities of motor spirit were recently offered for sale and two cargoes have been imported into the United Kingdom.

Photo of Sir Charles Taylor Sir Charles Taylor , Eastbourne

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Australian Government have been making purchases of petroleum from Poland and not paying dollars for it?

Photo of Mr Hugh Gaitskell Mr Hugh Gaitskell , Leeds South

According to my information, the Australian Government gave permission to importers to import petroleum from Poland, but they were unable to obtain any.