30. Mr. JOYNSON-HICKS asked
the Secretary of State for the Home Depart- 16 ment whether he is aware that while during air raids lights in trains and windows are forbidden, tugs, on the Thames drawing a train of barges are brilliantly lighted; and whether, as this, illumination adds to the danger of those living on the river banks, he will issue an order to compel such river traffic either to cease or to put out their lights during the period of the raid?
§ Sir G. CAVE
Under the Lights Order all lights on vessels navigating the river, except navigation lights, have to be obscured after the hour when the Order takes effect. There are not now many vessels on the river at night, and the Commissioner of Police is advised by the military authorities that the presence of this inconsiderable number of navigation lights will not be prejudicial to the safety of residents in riverside districts.
§ Mr. JOYNSON-HICKS
Has any inquiry been made into this particular case, and has any evidence been sent to the right hon. Gentleman relating to that matter?
§ Mr. BILLING
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the military disregard these Orders, and that there are frequent and constant complaints about them?