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The British Standards Institution is at present engaged in the preparation of a standard for flame-resistant fabrics. Complex technical considerations are involved and it would be unwise to press for hasty conclusions. Once that standard is available I hope to be able to make corresponding amendments to the Regulations under the Fabrics (Misdescription) Act, 1913.
Is the Minister aware that a regrettably large number of accidents are arising from clothing catching fire, and can he give the House an assurance that no time will be lost in introducing standards to give customers some measure of information and protection when they are shopping?