asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Transport if his attention has been called to the death near Northampton of a lady cyclist who, while travelling without a rear light, was knocked down by a motor car and fatally injured; and whether he will consider the issue of a regulation making it compulsory for their own safety for cyclists to carry a rear light after lighting-up time?
My attention has been called to the accident referred to and to the verdict of the Coroner's jury, which was to the effect that the deceased had died from a fractured skull after collision with a motor-car, but that there was insufficient evidence to attribute negligence to anyone. It was their opinion that if the deceased had carried a rear light she would have been alive now. They endorsed the opinion of the Coroner as to the desirability of the enforced use of tail lamps by cyclists. On the general question of the carrying of rear lights on bicycles, I would refer my hon. and gallant Friend to the answer which I gave to the hon. and gallant Member for Finchley (Colonel Newman) on 15th February, of which I am sending him a copy.