HC Deb 21 March 1940 vol 358 c2142W
Mr. Joel

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware of the difficulty which farmers are experiencing with regard to the burning of weeds and rubbish owing to the fact that fires, which sometimes smoulder for a considerable time, must be put out before black-out starts, and that wet weather frequently intervenes and both prevents the resumption of firing and causes delay in ploughing; and whether, in view of the fact that ploughing is now allowed by floodlighting, the bonfires of weeds and rubbish can be allowed to burn themselves out in the usual way?

Sir J. Anderson

No, Sir. No complaints have reached me from farmers about difficulties arising from the requirement that bonfires shall be extinguished during the hours of darkness. The lights allowed for ploughing are, of course, screened and under control and can be extinguished if an air raid occurs.

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