HC Deb 18 December 1945 vol 417 cc1295-6W
Mr. Nutting

asked the Minister of Fuel and Power whether he will consider further economies in street lighting in order to increase further the amount of fuel for domestic purposes.

Mr. Shinwell

Some time ago I requested all lighting authorities to put out street lighting at midnight, but owing to a number of practical and technical difficulties, I later asked them, as an alternative, to make an overall cut of at least 50 per cent, in their fuel consumption on street lighting. I have made it clear that I regard this 50 per cent. as a minimum, and that a substantially greater saving should be practicable in most cases. I am glad to say that in general the authorities have co-operated readily, though in certain individual cases there is still room for further economies; I shall continue to press for these.