HC Deb 13 December 1939 vol 355 cc1223-4W
Colonel Wedgwood

asked the Minister of Transport whether he can state the number killed and injured by motor transport on the roads during each of the last three months after dark, and give similar figures for the same months in 1938, or, if he has not the after-dark figures, the total figures for the months in question?

Captain Wallace

The precise information desired by the right hon. and gallant Member is not available. No figures have been compiled of the numbers of persons injured in road accidents in Great Britain during the past three months or of the numbers of casualties in which motor vehicles were concerned.

The total numbers of persons reported to have died as a result of road accidents during each of the last three months, with comparative figures for the corresponding periods in 1938, were:

1939. 1938.
September 1,130 554
October 919 641
November 926 613

Of these, 564 persons were reported to have died in October, 1939, and 674 in November, 1939, as a result of accidents which occurred during the hours of darkness. Similar information is not available for the corresponding months in 1938, or for the month of September in either year.