§ 19. Mr. George Craddock
asked the Secretary for the Home Department what is the result of the consideration by committees of the British Standards Institution concerned with personal safety of the possible need for a British Standard for carry-cots and carry-cot stands; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Woodhouse
I understand that the British Standards Institution's Advisory Committee on Personal Safety hopes to decide at its meeting on 23rd January whether or not to recommend the preparation of standards for these cots and stands. In the meantime the two manufacturers known to be producing open-ended carry-cot stands have been approached by the Home Office. One has decided to supply retaining straps with its stands, and the other is giving the matter urgent consideration.
§ Mr. Craddock
I thank the Minister for that reply. I wish to point out that there have been a number of deaths recently, and I hope that the hon. Gentleman will bear that in mind and try to carry the job through.