HC Deb 15 November 1911 vol 31 c363

asked whether, in view of the Report of the Departmental Committee (Coroners) published in 1910, and the evidence afforded by coroners' inquests held on infants and children that great dangers arise from the use of inflammable kinds of flannelette, the Government is prepared to take steps to prevent the sale of flannelette which does not conform to a standard test, to be prescribed by Government, as to non-inflammability?


My right hon. Friend has asked me to reply to this question. No steps to prevent or regulate the sale of inflammable flannelette could be taken without legislation for the purpose, and I cannot hold out any immediate hope of the Government undertaking legislation on this subject. The Committee considered the question of establishing a standard test, but regarded the suggestion as impracticable.