HC Deb 23 November 1939 vol 353 c1381
40. Mr. De la Bère

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, in respect of licensed houses, he will consider permitting the use of a small blue 5-watt lamp suspended either outside or just inside every door used by the public as an entrance or exit to the premises, in view of the difficulty which is experienced by the public in both entering and leaving licensed premises?

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Sir John Anderson)

No, Sir. If such a form of external lighting were allowed in respect of licensed premises it could not reasonably be withheld in the case of shops and other similar premises; and the amount of light resulting from any such concession would, in the aggregate, be such as to defeat the objects of the present restrictions on street-lighting.

Mr. De la Bère

Will the right hon. Gentleman give this matter a little further thought, because a little light would be so much appreciated as a concession in every district throughout the country? Perhaps he will give it his sympathetic thought.

Mr. Poole

May I ask whether the Minister has any knowledge of any difficulty which the hon. Member may have had?