Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd January 1959.
asked the President of the Board of Trade what representations he has received from the Joint Committee set up by the British Standards Institution and the Electrical Development Association to cover electrical appliances and accessories concerning the national approvals scheme for domestic electrical appliances; when work on this scheme commenced; and if he will indicate the progress made.
I have received no representations from the Joint Committee. The British Standards Institution is working on a plan for a national approvals scheme with the electrical industry. Progress has been slow as many different interests and opinions have to be reconciled, but I am as anxious as the hon. Lady that a further advance should be made soon.
Is the President of the Board of Trade aware that the word "slow" is an understatement even for the Board of Trade? Is he aware that on 2nd December last we learned that the scheme was in an advanced state of preparation in October, 1957? Is he also aware that on 19th June last, in answer to a Question from me, the right hon. Gentleman spoke about this national approvals board? Does he know how much longer we shall have to wait before we make a little progress?
I quite agree with the hon. Lady that it is most frustrating, but apparently there are many divergent opinions. I am doing my best to hurry them up.