Electric Blankets and Bed Warmers

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1960.

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Photo of Miss Alice Bacon Miss Alice Bacon , Leeds South East 12:00 am, 24th November 1960

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in the October issue of Which, the journal of the Consumers' Association, there was a survey of these electric blankets and bed warmers, which reported that 20 deaths had been caused in the last three years and that 2,600 of the fires reported to the insurance companies in one year alone were caused by electric blankets and bed warmers? Will he not agree that the whole position is most unsatisfactory, and will he see that better standards of safety are introduced?