HC Deb 23 November 1939 vol 353 cc1432-3W
Mr. Lunn

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that it is impossible to purchase batteries for hand torches, which are so necessary in these black-out conditions; and whether he will now arrange to take over the manufacture and control of supply of them?

Mr. Stanley

As regards the first part of the question, I would refer to the answer given yesterday to my hon. Friend the Member for Ealing (Sir F. Sanderson). As regards the second part, I am not at present satisfied that action in the direction suggested by the hon. Member would result in any immediate increase in the rate of production.