Motor Vehicles (Camouflage).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 14th August 1940.

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Photo of Sir Herbert Butcher Sir Herbert Butcher , Holland with Boston

asked the Minister of Transport whether he desires private motorists to camouflage their motor-cars; and, if so, whether he will give guidance as to how this is to be done to distinguish them from Service vehicles?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

An Order was made that from 26th August no vehicle should be camouflaged to resemble a camouflaged Service vehicle. Where this has been done it should be undone. If owners wish to make their cars less conspicuous, glossy surfaces and light colours should be avoided, also Service grey or khaki.

Photo of Mr Douglas Clifton Brown Mr Douglas Clifton Brown , Hexham

Is the Minister aware that in South Berkshire there are many red lorries carrying petrol and inflammable materials? Does he not think they ought to be camouflaged? All my constituents are anxious about it.

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

Yes, Sir. I should like to make it clear that I do think such lorries might well be camouflaged. The Order referred to puts a veto only on the camouflage of cars to resemble camouflaged Service cars.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Who is the Minister's adviser to the Ministry on de-camouflaging camouflage?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel John Moore-Brabazon Lieut-Colonel John Moore-Brabazon , Wallasey

Will my right hon. Friend make these Orders as Orders-in-Council, so that they can come before Parliament occasionally, because some are irksome and others rather fatuous?

Photo of Mr Edgar Granville Mr Edgar Granville , Eye

Is the Minister aware that the motoring public have not the slightest idea what they are to do at the present time?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

Yes, Sir, I know there is some confusion, and I should like, if I may, to consult with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Information on the subject.