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Oral questions

A minister has told the House of Lords she would consider writing to local authorities about the effect of reducing street lighting on the safety of women.

Baroness Stowell of Beeston made her comments after Labour raised the issue at question time on 22 November 2012.

Opposition spokesman Baroness Thornton said council budget cuts meant that "half a million street lights" are being turned off "leaving women feeling unsafe" when they walk home at night.

"Would you consider writing to local authorities and pointing out the issue about street lights and safety for women?" she asked Lady Stowell, who is also a government whip.

Lady Stowell replied: "I'm grateful to you for your suggestion about street lights. That is clearly an interesting idea and I will take that away and give that further consideration."

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