Reference HO 192/1185
Title Petrol returns
Former Department Reference RE/B46 26/4
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Industry and Infrastructure
Subthemes Fuel and utilities, Transport and travel
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Statistical Data, Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Region 9: Midlands (Birmingham HQ)
Locations Birmingham, United States of America
Organisations Air Raid Precautions, Auxiliary Fire Service, Petroleum Board, Women's Voluntary Service


A file of documents relating to petrol returns in Birmingham. Documents in the file include monthly statistics relating to the consumption of motor fuel by local authority services, with details of the amount of fuel stored, the amount of motor spirit and diesel oil consumed, the mileage travelled, and the numbers of available vehicles such as private cars, motorcycles, vans, and lorries. Services by which fuel supplies were consumed included A.R.P. services; fire services, including fire pump engines; medical services, including ambulances and first-aid vehicles; the Women's Voluntary Service; sanitation services; gas, water, and electricity supply services; highway services; education services; Poor Law services; agricultural establishments; financial services; housing services; libraries, including book transportation; mental health services; park and cemetery services, including the maintenance of recreation grounds; transport services; veterinary services; and weights and measures services. Subjects discussed in the file include petrol supplies for the fire service; and petrol coupon provisions.


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