HC Deb 22 November 1939 vol 353 cc1232-3W
Sir F. Sanderson

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the supply of batteries for small torches is entirely inadequate for the needs of the public, it being almost impossible to purchase what is known in the retail trade as the 3d. size:; and whether, in view of the urgent need to reduce road accidents in the black-out by provision of these small torches for pedestrians and in view of the fact that many persons are having to purchase very much larger and brighter torches which tend to contravene the black-out regulations, he will take such steps as are necessary to increase and maintain the production of the required small size batteries immediately?

Major Lloyd George

Manufacturers of the small size battery, the supply of which still falls short of the very heavy demand, have recently taken steps considerably to increase their output of this type. A steady amelioration of the present position should result.

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