HC Deb 11 March 1942 vol 378 c1038
19. Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works and Buildings whether, in view of the large amount of barbed wire being placed in and around the London parks and, in view of the danger therefrom to pedestrians during the black-out period, he will arrange to have plain guard wires in suitable positions?

Mr. Hicks

In view of the necessity for conserving stocks of metal, I regret that I am unable to adopt the hon. and gallant Member's suggestion. I am not aware of any accidents to pedestrians owing to barbed wire during the blackout hours, but, if the hon. and gallant Member has any particular danger points in mind, I will consider the desirability of installing suitable warning lights.

Sir J. Lucas

Has the Minister considered the effect on courting couples when the weather gets better?

Mr. Stokes

What is the sense in putting this barbed wire round spaces which have been made open?

Mr. Hicks

I think my previous answer covers that question.