HC Deb 11 November 1941 vol 374 c2018
10. Mr. Woodburn

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that whole villages are practically deprived of wireless reception through lack of high-tension batteries; and whether he will arrange with the Secretary of State for Air that the thousands of batteries partly used by the Royal Air Force may be, as and when replaced, made available to the public as second-hand batteries?

Sir A. Duncan

In recent weeks there has been a substantial increase in the production of high-tension batteries, which will in due course reflect itself in retail stocks. Particular attention is being given to the question of supplies for outlying districts. As regards the second part of the Question, I understand that discarded batteries are used for recording and training purposes, but I will discuss the matter further with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Air.