HC Deb 10 July 1956 vol 556 cc182-3
30. Mrs. McLaughlin

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works, as representing the Lord President of the Council, if he is now in a position to make a statement on the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research research into the most suitable method of testing textiles for flammability.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Works (Mr. J. R. Bevins)

Two methods of testing textiles for flammability are at present being studied by a committee of the Textile Institute, co-operating with the British Standards Institute and the Joint Fire Research Organisation.

The latter is also carrying out a survey in connection with this investigation, which involves collecting statistics and examining samples of clothing involved in burning accidents, and it will not be possible to lay down standards until this survey has been completed.

Mrs. McLaughlin

Is the Minister aware of the great concern of the general public to have this research brought to a satisfactory conclusion as soon as possible? Will he do his utmost to inform those involved in the research of the great need for getting on as quickly as possible?

Mr. Bevins


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