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Basic Petrol (Unused Allowance)

Volume 380: debated on Wednesday 17 June 1942

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is now in a position to make an announcement as to whether it will be possible for individuals to use up their remaining supplies of basic petrol after June 30th?

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Fuel and Power
(Mr. Geoffrey Lloyd)

Yes, Sir, my right hon. Friend and I have considered this problem carefully in the light of the views expressed in the House and of other representations which I have received. There appears to have been some misapprehension as to the consequences of the abolition of the basic petrol ration, and inconvenience or, in some cases, hardship may arise. I was about to make an Order the effect of which would be to prohibit the use of petrol after 30th June except for the purposes for which petrol will be granted after that date; but, in order to ease the position of those who may have saved some petrol under the misapprehension to which I have referred, the date on which the Order comes into force will be postponed by one month.

Has it been decided what they are to do with any excess of petrol at the end of that period?