Can't be. According to Halfords
* cycle lighting has only been a legal requirement since 1988.
They don't know what they are talking about (as I think you know). The requirement for front lights long pre-dates WWII. The CTC were famously involved in a debate during WWII, when the requirement for rear
lights was introduced. It happened because blackout requirements meant that car front lights were dim, so making bikes carry rear lights would help to compensate. WWII happened a little before 1988, for those whose history is a little shaky.
The CTC was not opposed to the extra safety per se, of course, but was concerned that what was proposed as an additional safety measure would quickly become a basic requirement, and so the responsibility for safety would be further transferred from the driver, as source of the danger, to the potential victim. That indeed is what did happen very quickly. Instead of courts saying, "What, he had a rear light, and you still
managed to hit him?", they said, "Oh, he had no rear light, so of course you couldn't see him!", even though, at least in principle (and blackouts apart), the assumption beforehand was that drivers could see cyclists without rear lights.