HC Deb 19 September 1940 vol 365 cc177-8
26. Sir Reginald Clarry

asked the Home Secretary whether he is satisfied with the black-out conditions in the South Wales and Monmouthshire area, especially in regard to lights on roads emanating from motor vehicles, cycles and pedestrians with torches; and whether any lack of adequate precautions in these matters would assist and encourage air raiders?

Sir J. Anderson

The police in the South Wales and Monmouthshire area have given special attention to the enforcement of the Lighting Regulations, and I am informed that the observance of the Regulations in this area is satisfactory. I have no doubt that the people in South Wales and Monmouthshire are fully alive to the importance of these Regulations, and are aware that any failure to observe them is liable to give assistance to enemy aircraft.

Mr. James Griffiths

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that in South Wales, where the roads go uphill and downhill, it often happens that cars coming downhill can be seen for miles away? Is he aware that the satisfaction expressed by those who informed him is not generally felt by the people in that part of the country?

Sir J. Anderson

I think the hon. Member misunderstood me. What I said was that the police are satisfied that there is a general observance of the Regulations. The point to which the hon. Member referred is a different one. It is that the Regulations, although observed, may involve the showing of lights and be a source of danger. Frankly, in that matter we have to set against the desirability of a general black-out the safety of traffic. The whole matter is constantly under examination, and various possible expedients are under consideration at this moment.

Mr. Griffiths

Will the right hon. Gentleman examine this matter with regard to South Wales, because it is generally desirable that there should be an examination in view of the circumstances?

Sir J. Anderson

The matter is being taken into consideration, not only with regard to South Wales, but other parts where the same question arises.

Sir R. Clarry

Is my right hon. Friend prepared to review the matter and investigate whether more stringent Regulations are desirable?

Sir J. Anderson

That is what is under review.