HC Deb 08 February 1934 vol 285 cc1282-3

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the fact that 35 mm. inflammable cinematograph films about 1½ inches wide are manufactured for professional purposes and sold in toy shops without restriction or warning as to the danger connected with such films; and whether he will take action in this matter?

26. Viscountess ASTOR

asked the Home Secretary if his attention has been called to the sale by retail shops of inflammable film for use in home-cinema apparatus; is he aware that serious accidents have occurred to children who have had access to such inflammable films in their homes; and will he take steps to prevent the continuance of this?

27. Dr. HOWITT

asked the Home Secretary whether he is aware that dangerously inflammable cinematograph film is being sold without restriction in this country and can be purchased even by children; and whether he will take immediate steps to prevent the sale of such dangerous articles?


I understand that the film which is being supplied with some of the toy cinema projectors is of standard size and highly inflammable. Three accidents with this type of machine and film have been brought to my notice. In November last representations were made by the Home Office to the traders concerned and they agred to issue with each machine and box of film sold a notice warning purchasers to take suitable precautions in handling the film. Similar action was taken with firms known to be advertising film for sale. I have no power of control over the sale of inflammable film, but I am making inquiry as to what further action can be taken to prevent risk of accident with these toys.


Will the right hon. Gentleman at the same time inquire as to whether the persons who manufacture these inflammable films have carried out their promise to give notice to purchasers of the dangers involved if they use such films?


Oh, yes.