HC Deb 14 May 1895 vol 33 cc1161-2

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade, whether, in consequence of the number of fatal accidents that have recently taken place in Belfast and elsewhere from explosions of oil lamps, he will consent to the re-appointment of the Select Committee on Petroleum, which reported to the House on the 24th of April 1894; and, if he will initiate such legislation, at the earliest possible date, as may prevent the sale of unsafe lamps and low-standard oil?


I have consulted my right hon. Friend who presided over the Select Committee on Petroleum last Session, and although I am unable to give a definite assurance at present, I hope it may be found possible to reappoint the Committee after Whitsuntide, with a view mainly to considering the question of dangers arising from explosions of oil lamps.