Mr Henry Strauss: The hon. Member is aware that Falkirk cannot be considered apart from Grangemouth and Bonny-bridge, and that there have been considerable developments there.
Mr Henry Strauss: As the right hon. Gentleman is aware, that is a totally different question.
Mr Henry Strauss: Again, that is a different question.
Mr Henry Strauss: There may be a difference of size, because there are various sizes, but on the findings as to the material they were the same, and, needless to say, I gave that answer precisely because I thought that the hon. Lady would like to have it.
Mr Henry Strauss: Has it occurred to the hon. Lady that possibly we have had them examined by people equally distinguished?
Mr Henry Strauss: The right hon. Gentleman the Member for Brighouse and Spenborough (Mr. J. Edwards), winding up this debate for the Opposition in his usual agreeable manner, paid a great compliment to my right hon. Friend the Member for Blackburn, West (Mr. Assheton), for his wisdom and foresight in putting this Amendment on the Paper. Anything more fantastic than there being no Amendment differing from the...
Mr Henry Strauss: I have too little time to enable me to give way. The hon. Lady took over an hour for her speech, and I am entitled to reply. If the hon. Member thinks that I have lost my temper. I at once apologise for any hastiness in that remark.
Mr Henry Strauss: The hon. Member is flattering himself. The other main topic this evening has been the British Standards Institution and the voluntary standards which it is cooperating with industry in preparing. Since the war the B.S.I, has extended its activities to consumer goods. It has produced not only standards but, in many cases, certification trade marks combined with them. The hon. Lady referred...
Mr Henry Strauss: Since the answer to the first part of the Question contains a table of figures, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT. The answer to the second part of the Question is 11.
Mr Henry Strauss: If the hon. Member will devote his mind to it, he will see that the success of a statute is not measured by the number of prosecutions under it. As to the 11 cases mentioned in answer to the second part of his Question, they are, of course, being investigated.
Mr Henry Strauss: My right hon. Friend is advised that on the evidence he would not be justified in instituting proceedings against the company in this case.
Mr Henry Strauss: The allegations against my Department are unfounded. I believe that the hon. Lady is relying on what she thinks is a trade description; it is more in the nature of an advertising puff. I do not think that there was any reasonable prospect of a prosecution succeeding in the case which was the subject of the Question.
Mr Henry Strauss: If the hon. Lady had listened to my original answer she would have observed that I said that we should not be justified in instituting proceedings against the company in this case. I am making no statement about any other case.
Mr Henry Strauss: I am informed that the British Standards Institution is continuing its review of descriptive standards for textiles with the object of evolving for different classes of textiles such appropriate standards as will be most useful to the consumer. These may or may not include fibre content.
Mr Henry Strauss: The Question refers to the British Standards Institution. I think that the hon. Lady is under a misapprehension. The British Standards Institution does not make general declarations such as those to which she has referred but prepares and issues particular standards for particular purposes for voluntary adoption by those concerned.
Mr Henry Strauss: There has been no delay whatsoever on the part of the British Standards Institution in this matter. The hon. Member may be aware of the glossary published several months ago and of other standards which the Institution has published and is publishing from time to time. Any charge against the British Standards Institution in this matter is undeserved.
Mr Henry Strauss: It is not the practice of the Board of Trade to make such a request.
Mr Henry Strauss: The duty of the Board of Trade to prosecute has been described in answers to previous Parliamentary Questions. There is a statute on that subject and in appropriate cases under that statute the Board prosecutes, but normally the Board is not the prosecuting authority.
Mr Henry Strauss: The hon. Lady cannot expect me in answering supplementary questions on this Question to answer supplementary questions relating to quite different subjects. In answer to the Question on the Order Paper I have told her that my Department does not make any such request and that therefore the question of costs does not arise.
Mr Henry Strauss: I do not think the figure of 10 per cent. is right. The actual figure is, I believe, 8.7 per cent.