§ 23. Mr. Crouch
asked the Minister of Technology what directions he has given to the British Standards Institution to revise standards which are now considered out of date.
§ Mr. Crouch
Will the Minister bear in mind the great importance of the British Standards Institution and give the House an assurance that his Ministry will take urgent steps to see that the British Standards Institution is strengthened?
§ Dr. Gray
Will my hon. Friend ask British Standards Institution to improve standards from the point of view of stringency both in quality and safety? I am thinking particularly of electrical apparatus, because its standards compare poorly with continental countries, particularly Holland and Sweden.
§ Mr.David Price
Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the two biggest obstacles to achieving what the House wants are shortages of engineers in the B.S.I. and the extremely complicated machinery by which the committees write new standards? Will he assure us that he will take action on both these points?