HC Deb 04 August 1942 vol 382 cc843-4
39. Mr. Bowles

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether, in the interests of national economy, he will consider reducing the number of traffic lights?

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of War Transport (Mr. Noel-Baker)

I have been asked to reply. Yes, Sir. As I said in my answer to a Question by my hon. Friend the member for Halifax (Mr. Gledhill) on 29th July, local authorities have been asked to consider what further economies can safely and usefully be made.

Mr. Bowles

Will the Minister take into consideration the amount of petrol which is wasted when motor bus and other internal combustion engines are ticking over, and the light used in these lamps and also the wastage of rubber in cars having unnecessarily to pull up?

Mr. Noel-Baker

All those considerations will be kept in mind, but we must remember the danger from accidents to vehicles on the roads and also the use of man-power in switching off the lights and in other ways.