HC Deb 04 November 1918 vol 110 cc1814-5W

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the waste of energy available for lighting or heating caused by the use for street lighting in some parts of London, notably in St. James's Street and Piccadilly and in the Euston district, of are lamps of high candle-power masked by metal covers or shields which only allows a small fraction of the candle-power to reach the roadway; whether this waste of power can be greatly mitigated by the use of Osram or other incandescent lamps as in some parts of Oxford Street; and whether he possesses and will exercise powers to investigate the subject and put a stop to the waste where it occurs?


My attention has not been drawn to the particular instance referred to by my hon. Friend, but I have been impressed with the desirability of securing that there should be no avoidable waste in the consumption of gas and electricity for public lighting, and considerable economies have already been effected in this respect. I will, however, have the matter looked into.