HC Deb 16 November 1939 vol 353 cc834-5W
Mr. Windsor

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether, in view of the greatly increased dependence on cycle transport in the Hull district, he will take immediate steps to make available for purchase supplies of electric batteries for cycle lamps?

Mr. Stanley

The present abnormal demand for electric batteries, including batteries for cycle lamps, exceeds the available supply, but I am assured that manufacturers are doing their best to meet it and to allocate supplies as equitably as possible.

Mr. Logan

asked the First Commissioner of Works whether he is aware that Members find it difficult to get batteries for torches; and whether he will arrange for air-raid precautions torch and batteries to be issued to Members so that they can carry on their duties in coming to and going from the House?

Mr. Ramsbotham

I am aware that the requirements for A.R.P. and other purposes have caused a shortage of batteries for torches but I understand that the position is now easier and that hon. Members should have little difficulty in obtaining supplies in the ordinary way.