HC Deb 28 November 1944 vol 404 cc2405-6W
Sir T. Moore

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power what increase in the consumption of coal will be involved monthly by the decision of the Government to reduce the black-out.

Major Lloyd George

In pre-war days the consumption of coal required for the maintenance of street lighting was approximately 1,000,000 tons a year. Naturally consumption in the winter months was heavier than in the summer months because of the longer hours of darkness, and as each lighting authority had its own arrangements for the number of hours during which the lamps were kept alight, it is difficult for me to give an estimate of the monthly consumption of coal. Resumed street lighting is on a much more limited scale than in pre-war days. While work on street lighting is still in progress it would be difficult to arrive at a reliable estimate of the amount of coal involved.