HC Deb 06 December 1939 vol 355 c680W
Sir P. Harris

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the difficulties of cyclists obtaining rear lamps and batteries owing to the increased use of cycles; and that, as they are being fined for not having rear lamps, whether he will take steps, in co-operation with the Minister of Supply, to see that these lamps and batteries are obtainable at an early date?

Mr. Mabane

My right hon. Friend is informed that there has been difficulty in some cases in obtaining cycle lamps and batteries. As the hon. Member will be aware, there has been an unprecedented demand for batteries, but as my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade stated in reply to a recent question, the manufacturers have taken steps to increase their output. I understand that the production of lamps is also being increased as rapidly as possible.