HC Deb 13 December 1939 vol 355 c1224W
Mr. Windsor

asked the Minister of Transport whether his attention has been directed to certain observations of the Hull city coroner regarding the number of road fatalities due to the black-out; and whether he has any statement to make on this subject?

Captain Wallace

I have read the Press reports of the Hull city coroner's observations which the hon. Member was good enough to send me. The attention of pedestrians has already been drawn by broadcast and in other ways to the advisability of wearing or carrying something white and to the fact that they may use a torch directed downwards to indicate their presence when crossing a road.

It is the intention of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Home Security to provide that the approved headlamp mask or one of equivalent performance must be fitted to all vehicles used during the black-out as soon as it is available in the necessary quantities. On the question of street lighting to which the city coroner also referred, my right hon. Friend hopes to make a statement to-morrow.