HC Deb 31 January 1949 vol 460 c1371
43. Brigadier Medlicott

asked the Minister of Transport if he is aware that the inadequate lighting of streets in the Metropolitan Police area is helping criminals and making the work of the police more difficult; and if he will consult with the Minister of Fuel and Power with a view to arranging for full normal lighting to be restored immediately.

The Minister of Transport (Mr. Barnes)

The views of the police are taken into account in applying any necessary restrictions on street lighting. The hon. and gallant Member will be aware that street lighting this winter was improved from 50 to 75 per cent. of the pre-war level, and I am in touch with my right hon. Friends the Home Secretary and the Minister of Fuel and Power on the question.

Brigadier Medlicott

Are we to understand from that answer that the police do not recommend improved lighting where it is possible.

Mr. Barnes

I should not like to say that; but while they may be in favour we have to take other matters into consideration.

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