To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether, looking at the numerous accidents that occur through taking petrol close to a naked light, he will consider the desirability of requiring that bottles in which it is sold should be marked "highly inflammable," or "not to be used near a naked light."
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Gladstone.) I beg to answer this Question on behalf of my right hon. friend. Under Section 6 of the Petroleum Act, 1871, all petroleum spirit sold or exposed for sale must be marked "highly inflammable," under a penalty of not more than £5 and forfeiture. I may add that I am about to appoint a Departmental Committee to inquire into the sufficiency of the existing regulations relating to the storage, use, and conveyance of petroleum spirit, and to report what further precautions, if any, are desirable.