§ 3. Mr. FFRENCH
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that Mr. Peter Whelan, Bridgetown, 2009 South Wexford, is the owner of a motor car which he runs for hire, and that he is allowed only 18 gallons of petrol a month, whilst he requires about 54 gallons a month; is he aware that Bridgetown has its railway station and is the centre of a large and populous district; that Mr. Whelan's car is frequently required by cattle dealers and horse dealers (sometimes buying for the Army), by the police from the various police barracks around, the coroner, and many others; and, seeing that it frequently happens that the car cannot go out for want of petrol, will he see that Mr. Whelan is supplied with the quantity he requires?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the BOARD of TRADE (Mr. G. Roberts)
The allotment of petrol in the case referred to by the hon. Gentleman appears to have been made on the same basis as in other similar cases, and, in view of the present necessity for further reduction in consumption, I fear it will not be possible for the Petrol Control Committee to increase the allotment as suggested.