HC Deb 17 June 1912 vol 39 c1306

asked the President of the Local Government Board if he has considered the position of the retail trader under the Rag Flock Act when it comes into force; whether he will in Regulations to be made under the Act make it clear; whether stocks which the trader has in hand will be liable to condemnation if they do not come up to the standard required by the Act; whether the Act will only apply to goods made or purchased after 1st July; and whether the usual re-make for customers without sterilising is to be prohibited?


The Act only authorises the Local Government Board to prescribe by means of Regulations a standard of cleanliness for flock manufactured from rags. I may say, however, that I am advised that the Act does not apply to upholstered furniture and bedding manufactured before the date on which the Act comes into operation, or to the re-making of mattresses and similar articles. If in the re-making any new flock is added that flock must conform to the standard of cleanliness prescribed.