HC Deb 29 November 1955 vol 546 cc2092-3
4. Miss Burton

asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that agreement has been reached in the Netherlands between fabric manufacturers, housewives' organisations, and the laundry industry on a system of informative textile labelling; and if he will appoint a committee to investigate the possibilities of similar labels for washing and cleaning fabrics in this country.

Mr. P. Thorneycroft

I am aware of the Netherlands agreement, which was reached on a voluntary basis. The British Standards Institution has already a committee, fully representative of the interests concerned, which is working towards a similar voluntary agreement in this country.

Miss Burton

While I believe that I am correct in stating that on 1st December we may reach a similar stage here, may I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman is aware that we have been four or five years getting there? Could he not give a push in this direction?

Mr. Thorneycroft

The hon. Lady's Questions have themselves given a push in this direction.