§ Mr. Craven-Ellis
asked the Secretary of State for Air whether his attention has been called to a recent prosecution, at Andover, of a member of the Royal Air Force for stealing petrol, when it was disclosed that petrol used to wash the undercarriage of an aeroplane was afterwards thrown away although it could have been filtered and used for road transport; and will he arrange for all such petrol in future to be filtered and so put a stop to this form of waste?
§ Sir A. Sinclair
I understand that the prosecution referred to by my hon. Friend took place in April last. The use of petrol for the washing of undercarriages is unauthorised and I have no reason to suppose that there has since been an extension of the practice. I am, however, having inquiries made and will arrange for the issue of any necessary instructions.