HC Deb 08 February 1938 vol 331 cc811-2
4. Mr. Errington

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that there is a danger of fire in ships due to the use of insecticide having a paraffin base; and whether he is-prepared to introduce regulations in regard to this matter?

The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Oliver Stanley)

The question of the use on ships of insecticides having a paraffin base was fully investigated by the Board of Trade some time ago, and it was decided that the issue of special regulations was unnecessary. I am not aware of any new circumstances which call for a reconsideration of this decision.

Mr. Errington

Is my right hon. Friend aware that when electric wires are placed behind woodwork so treated there is considerable danger of fire?

Mr. Stanley

This investigation was carried out as recently as 1930, and it was found then that there was no undue risk involved.