HC Deb 24 April 1941 vol 371 cc242-3
18. Sir Henry Morris-Jones

asked the Home Secretary whether inquiries and investigations are now being undertaken, in conjunction with the Air Ministry, with the object of an amelioration in our system of public lighting during next winter, in order to mitigate the disadvantages of the black-out which existed last winter?

Mr. H. Morrison

An investigation was made last year into the possibility of providing somewhat stronger street lighting, but it was decided that this could not be pursued in the situation obtaining last winter. The question whether any steps can be taken to provide better street lighting for next winter must depend upon the strategical situation.

Sir H. Morris-Jones

While I appreciate that, would my right hon. Friend do everything possible to investigate the matter, in view of the fact that the Prime Minister at the beginning of last winter informed the House that an amelioration of street lighting conditions would be affected?

Mr. Morrison

That is true, but my hon. Friend will remember that that statement was followed by the very heavy air attacks at night, which altered the situation. We are watching the question, but I think public opinion would be rather apprehensive, as things are, about any increase in street lighting.

Sir H. Williams

Having regard to the fact that the Germans light up the towns during air raids, could we not light them up when there are no raids?

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