HC Deb 22 April 1959 vol 604 c391
50. Sir F. Medlicott

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if he is aware of the extent to which the risk of accidents on the road is increased through the varying arrangements for the suspension of street lighting during fog; and if he will take such steps as are necessary to bring about uniformity in the arrangements between the various local authorities.

The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (Mr. G. R. H. Nugent)

My right hon. Friend's responsibility for street lighting is confined to assisting lighting authorities to light trunk roads and as far as these are concerned we try to ensure that the standards adopted are those likely to be most helpful to traffic, whether in foggy conditions or otherwise. I have no doubt that lighting authorities generally are fully aware of the importance of this.

Sir F. Medlicott

Is my hon. Friend aware that with the increasing volume and importance of through traffic it is rather disconcerting for motorists to have to experience so many different types of lighting, and is it not the aim of his Ministry ultimately to achieve a real measure of uniformity of lighting for all our main roads?

Mr. Nugent

We have taken steps recently to achieve co-operation between adjacent lighting authorities and I am hopeful that that will bear fruit.

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