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Fuel And Power

Volume 466: debated on Monday 27 June 1949

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Gas Workers (Territorial Camps)

19.

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is aware that the Gas Council has not yet made any decision regarding leave and pay arrangements for employees who wish to attend Territorial Army camps; what is the cause of this lack of decision; and when an announcement can be expected.

Owing to the short time which has elapsed since vesting date, the Gas Council has not been able to unify the widely varying practices of the gas undertakings in the country before nationalisation. The matter has, therefore, been left to the area boards to settle locally, but the Gas Council have asked the boards to deal with applications sympathetically.

Is not this a very simple decision to take; could not the Gas Council co-ordinate this matter and take a decision at once?

There will be a unified policy within the areas of different gas boards this year. It is intended to formulate a national policy for next year.

We shall unify it within the areas, but it will vary between the areas this year.

Because of the varying practices followed in private enterprise prior to nationalisation.

Lubricating Oil (Re-Refining)

20.

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what assistance he gives to re-refiners of used lubricating oil in its collection to ensure that all used oil is being re-refined.

Advice is given by the Board of Trade salvage and recovery officers when they visit industrial premises. Where necessary they place the industrialist in touch with the re-refiners. Not all used lubricating oil is, however, capable of being re-refined, and collection from outlying places is often uneconomical.

Will the Minister, in conjunction with the Board of Trade, ensure that the maximum possible use is made of this oil so as to reduce further dollar imports?

Petrol Ration

21.

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he is now able to announce any further relaxation of the petrol rationing system.

Is the hon. Gentleman not aware of the extreme importance to holiday makers and the holiday industry of having a little bit of extra standard petrol, at least till the end of the summer?

We understand the problems arising from petrol shortages. At the same time, we have an even greater problem in relation to the dollar situation.