§ 54. Mr. THORNE
asked the Minister of Transport the number of beacons that have been erected and the approximate cost; if he can estimate the cost of fitting them with electric light; and, if local authorities stood the charge of having them converted, whether the Road Fund would bear the charge for the lighting?
§ Mr. H0RE-BELISHA
About 10,000 beacons have been erected in London in connection with pedestrian crossing-places. The cost, including erection, is approximately £15,000, but if they were to be fitted for electric light the cost of installation would be increased by about £100,000, while the annual cost of their maintenance would be increased by about £30,000 for current. In the case of any beacons which may not be reasonably visible at night, I am prepared to consider any proposals which any local authority concerned may desire to make to me in the matter. So far, I have received no intimation from any local authority that they desire to light any of the beacons.
§ Mr. THORNE
Does not the lion. Gentleman think that it would be a great advantage to the travelling public if these beacons were lighted by electricity or gas, and that it would be one of the best improvements in the world if that were done?
§ Mr. HORE-BELISHA
As I have said, I have received no intimation from any authorities who desire to light any of the beacons, but, if I receive such intimation, I shall be happy to consider it.