HC Deb 18 January 1940 vol 356 cc258-9W
Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Trade whether, in view of the shortage of batteries for hand torches and the high accident rate to pedestrians in black-outs, he will now consider arranging the production and distribution for sale of these articles?

Major Lloyd George

I am not satisfied that any radical alteration in the existing methods of production and distribution of batteries for hand torches would result in an increase in supplies. The Board of Trade are continually in consultation with the manufacturers with a view to ensuring that everything possible is done to meet the abnormal demand.