HC Deb 10 June 1959 vol 606 cc960-1
4. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what consideration he has given to methods of flooding roads with surface light by the use of trough fittings such as are used at airports; and what consultations he has had with the Research Laboratory of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research on this and other forms of flooding roads with surface light.

Mr. Nugent

Trough fittings are used for street lighting where appropriate. There is close liaison between the Road Research Laboratory and our Department on street lighting matters.

Mr. Ellis Smith

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that when the lighting was first installed in Southampton Row, London, to the admiration of visitors from all over the world, it resulted in large export orders? Will he give an undertaking that consideration will I be given to a similar innovation on the new motor roads?

Mr. Nugent

We are not proposing to put street lighting on the new motorways, but I should certainly like to study the lighting arrangements in the road which the hon. Member mentioned.