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Petrol Rationing

Volume 388: debated on Thursday 8 April 1943

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether motor-car users in receipt of petrol coupons undertake to exchange their motor-car for one of less horse-power or for a motor-cycle, will he then so adjust the petrol issue so that a greater release may be covered in the case of users living in isolated districts and using their motorcars for shopping purposes?

A motorist who exchanges his car for one of lower horsepower or for a motor-cycle receives the shopping allowance appropriate to the circumstances of his case for the vehicle of the lower horse-power. I cannot undertake to treat him more favourably because he previously owned a car or motor-cycle of higher horse-power.