HC Deb 06 February 1951 vol 483 c1513
14. Miss Burton

asked the Minister of Works whether he is now prepared to approach the trades concerned with a view to ensuring that all portable gas and electric fires are fitted with suitable guards.

Mr. Stokes

My Department is in touch with those concerned. The next step is the publication of British Standard specifications for the guards. I am informed that the British Standards Institution have this in hand.

Miss Burton

Knowing the Minister's regard for speedy action, might I ask him please to make use of it in this matter, because parents of young children are concerned about these accident guards?

Mr. Stokes

I am most grateful for the hon. Lady's advances in this matter.

Mr. Nabarro

Can the Minister tell the House whether the proposed guards will eliminate the use of steel, which is urgently wanted for other purposes?

Mr. Stokes

Not without notice.