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Flame-Resistant Fabrics

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1957.

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Photo of Mrs Lena Jeger Mrs Lena Jeger , Holborn and St Pancras South 12:00 am, 28th November 1957

asked the President of the Board of Trade when he expects to implement proposals for the indication of the flammability of fabrics.

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

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.

Photo of Mrs Lena Jeger Mrs Lena Jeger , Holborn and St Pancras South

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?

Photo of Mr David Eccles Mr David Eccles , Chippenham

Like the hon. Lady. I am disappointed at the delay, but apparently there are grave technical difficulties concerning durability.