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Supplementary Petrol Allowances

Volume 441: debated on Tuesday 29 July 1947

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asked the Minister of Fuel and Power when he expects to reach a decision as to whether a private-hire licence can be granted to Mr. A. Caine, 63. Linden Gardens, Chiswick; and whether he will inform Mr. Caine as soon as possible of the decision taken.

In reply to his application of 4th June, Mr. Caine was informed that under the normal rule a supplementary petrol allowance could not be granted to enable him to operate a private hire car. He was advised, however, that an exception to the rule was made in the case of a disabled person on a recommendation by the Ministry of Labour that such a person was eligible for assistance under the Disabled Persons' (Employment) Act and that work, as owner driver of a hire car offered the best prospect of his satisfactory resettlement. On 16th June Mr. Caine applied for exceptional treatment as a disabled person and his case was referred to the Ministry of Labour on 23rd June. I understand that the case is under consideration by that Ministry in consultation with the Ministry of Pensions, and as soon as a report is received a decision will be taken and conveyed to Mr. Caine.