HC Deb 25 October 1939 vol 352 cc1418-9W
Mr. Mitchell

asked the Minister of Transport whether he can now make a detailed statement as to the provision of better light in Metropolitan and suburban trains, as such provision has been made on the main line trains?

Captain Wallace

As I stated on the 18th October in answer to a question by my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdeen, East (Mr. Boothby) the lighting of suburban trains is being improved where necessary to a standard adequate for safety. This work is proceeding as rapidly as supplies can be obtained. Means of enabling a reading light to be provided in these trains are being tested but I am not yet able to make a statement.

On main line trains the provision of the agreed standard of reading light is proceeding, but my hon. Friend will realise that it will take some time to obtain supplies sufficient to equip all trains and to carry out the necessary measures? to adapt it to the different, varieties of rolling stock in use.