HC Deb 01 February 1940 vol 356 cc1252-3
74. Major Milner

asked the Home Secretary whether, in order to relieve public doubts, he will make it clear that the law is in no way altered by the blackout; that every user of the streets owes a duty to every other user to take reasonable care; and that a person injured by the proved fault or negligence of another is entitled to damages or compensation?

Sir J. Anderson

The interpretation and application of the law in any particular set of circumstances is of course a matter for the courts; but I am advised that the principles of the law relating to negligence have not been altered by the present lighting restrictions. What is most important in the interests of public safety is that all road users should exercise the greatest care in the streets at night, and so contribute towards the reduction of the deplorable number of accidents.