HC Deb 06 January 1916 vol 77 cc1089-90
30. Sir W. BYLES

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if there be any, whether he has noticed that the Paris authorities have relaxed the restrictions on lighting in that city; and whether, during mid-winter at any rate, when Zeppelin visits are most improbable, he can see his way to turn on a little more light in London?


I am authorised to reply to the hon. Member. No information has reached me that the restriction of lighting in Paris has been relaxed. With regard to the second part of the question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given on the 9th November by the Home Secretary to a question on this subject by the hon. Member for West Donegal.


asked the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to the waste of electric energy which is taking place in the London district by the blacking over of the powerful street lamps as a protection against hostile aircraft raids; and whether he will take steps, in the interest of public economy, to require that, instead of blacking powerful lamps, such lamps should be replaced by lamps of lower candle-power?


My right hon. Friend is strongly in favour of any economy that could be effected in this direction. I understand that in a very large proportion of the public lamps the candle-power has already been reduced, but that in some cases the type of lamp employed is such that to reduce the candle-power would involve a considerable amount of initial expenditure which would be thrown away in so far as it was not recouped by savings before the end of the War. I am informed that untreated lamps even of low candle-power would not fulfil the main object of the Regulations.