Gas and Electric Fire Guards

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Works – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th February 1951.

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Photo of Miss Elaine Burton Miss Elaine Burton , Coventry South 12:00 am, 6th February 1951

asked the Minister of Works whether he is now prepared to approach the trades concerned with a view to ensuring that all portable gas and electric fires are fitted with suitable guards.

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

My Department is in touch with those concerned. The next step is the publication of British Standard specifications for the guards. I am informed that the British Standards Institution have this in hand.

Photo of Miss Elaine Burton Miss Elaine Burton , Coventry South

Knowing the Minister's regard for speedy action, might I ask him please to make use of it in this matter, because parents of young children are concerned about these accident guards?

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

I am most grateful for the hon. Lady's advances in this matter.

Photo of Sir Gerald Nabarro Sir Gerald Nabarro , Kidderminster

Can the Minister tell the House whether the proposed guards will eliminate the use of steel, which is urgently wanted for other purposes?

Photo of Mr Richard Stokes Mr Richard Stokes , Ipswich

Not without notice.