Petrol Rationing

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th May 1950.

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Photo of Sir Arthur Harvey Sir Arthur Harvey , Macclesfield 12:00 am, 19th May 1950

I am not suggesting that there was any intention at all in these matters, because the hon. Member who brings forward the application receives as much credit for anything that is achieved as the Minister himself. [HON. MEMBERS: "Cheap."] It happens to be the fact, and if the hon. Gentleman would care to look through my correspondence file he can see it for himself.

The motorists represent all classes of the community, and I was surprised that the hon. Member for West Fife (Mr. Hamilton) should say that there were no motorists or motor-cyclists in his division. There may not be such a high percentage as there is in other parts of the country, but it is not the rich people who form the bulk of the motorists in these days, but members of the working classes. [Laughter.] I wish that hon. Gentlemen opposite would take this matter seriously. In my own division, the working men in Macclesfield and Congleton, for their journeys to and from work, use an 8 h.p. car which is shared between three or four of them in order to save a long and tedious journey by railway, and, possibly, also to save time. Because they are in a position to do that, they put more into their work. The difficulties of the housing problem has meant that people have to go much further to their work, and also when they change their jobs, and it is much better for them if they can make use of motor vehicles.