§ Mr. Shurmer
asked the Secretary of State for War in view of the danger and inconvenience to pedestrians and motor traffic owing to snow and icy roads during the hours of darkness, if he will arrange for searchlight sections on the outskirts of towns and cities to operate between the hours of darkness to midnight.
§ Mr. Bellenger
There are no suitably equipped searchlight units now scattered over the country; they are concentrated in a few areas. The only searchlight equipment suitable for lighting depends for power either on the main electricity supply or on mobile generators which are at present so far as possible being lent to industry. Moreover, this type of searchlight is not designed to be used for long periods and the equipment would suffer if it were so used.254W