HC Deb 18 January 1940 vol 356 cc203-4
20. Mr. R. Morgan

asked the Home Secretary whether he is now able to announce any further relaxation of the black-out restrictions in view of the hardships and loss they inflict on the entertainment industry and the many appeals made to him on behalf of that industry?

Sir J. Anderson

The representations received from the entertainment industry have been directed mainly towards the relaxation of restrictions on the opening of places of entertainment, and they have, as my hon. Friend will be aware, been substantially met by the grant of general permission to remain open until 11 p.m. except in Central London, where special arrangements which allow of evening performances are in force. If my hon. Friend has the lighting restrictions in mind, he will appreciate that the entertainment industry will share in the benefit of the new type of street lighting now permissible.

Sir Herbert Williams

Do I understand from that that Herr Hitler has given an undertaking that no air raids will take place before 11 p.m.?

23. Mr. Robert Gibson

asked the Home Secretary whether he has considered the increase in the number of deaths at harbours, especially Greenock Harbour, during the period of black-out; whether he has considered the modification of the regulations dealing with lifebuoys to meet such a situation and the general changed conditions of war-time; and whether he has any statement to make on the subject?

Sir J. Anderson

I am making inquiries into this matter, and if the information obtained as a result of these inquiries suggests that there should be some modification of the regulations regarding life-buoys I will bring the matter to the notice of the Departments concerned.

Mr. Gibson

I am obliged for the information. This matter is creating very great difficulties in Greenock and much satisfaction will be felt there at the answer given.

Colonel Sir Charles MacAndrew

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that at some of the coast towns, towns which are completely blacked out, ships out in the bays are lit up in a way which defeats the object of the black-out—Rothesay, in Scotland, for instance?

Sir J. Anderson

That is a separate question.