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Petrol Supplies (Overseas Visitors)

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 7 April 1949

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69.

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he has now come to any decision on the possibility of issuing petrol coupons, if necessary prepaid in dollars, for visitors to Britain who wish to use friends' cars.

75.

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will consider removing the restriction on the allocation of petrol to overseas visitors who wish to purchase a secondhand car for use in this country, in view of the fact that dealers in secondhand cars are at present having to refuse large numbers of inquiries from such persons and are thus losing valuable dollars.

78.

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is yet in a position to state the conditions under which petrol may be allocated to overseas visitors for use in motor cars belonging to British persons.

Overseas visitors who borrow or purchase a secondhand car in this country may use any standard ration available for the car, and may also obtain supplementary allowances for business purposes. My right hon. Friend is still considering whether, in addition, special allowances can be granted for overseas visitors using borrowed or secondhand cars for pleasure purposes.

In view of the fact that we are now at the beginning of the tourist season, will the hon. Gentleman see if it is possible to speed up a decision?

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that visitors from America are completely misled in this matter by advertisements in periodicals in the United States?