§ MR. ASCROFT (Oldham)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, the Select Committee on Petroleum having completed their investigation and agreed to recommend the raising of the flash point to 100 degrees, the Government, with a view to prevent loss of life from the sale of dangerous low-flash oil, will at once introduce a one-clause Bill raising the flash point in accordance with the Committee's recommendation?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir M. W. RIDLEY, Lancs,) Blackpool
I am afraid that what the honourable Member asks is impossible. The Report is not yet even circulated, and there must be time for its consideration.
§ MR. ASCROFT
Will the right honourable Gentleman give facilities for a private Member to introduce such a Bill if its operation is limited to 12 months?