HC Deb 15 February 1968 vol 758 cc1567-8
16. Mrs. Joyce Butler

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce regulations to ensure that all forms of children's nightwear are fire resistant.

Mr. Ennals

The sale of children's nightdresses made of non-flame resistant material is already an offence. The Working Party on Flammable Clothing is at present reviewing the problem of children's dressing gowns.

Mrs. Butler

Would my hon. Friend ask the Working Party or some other body to look into the possibility of producing a soft, attractive and permanently flame-resistant material at a reasonable price, because this would cover made-up dresses and pyjamas and ones which are made at home and would greatly increase the use of flame-resistant materials for all types of garments?

Mr. Ennals

My hon. Friend has touched on a real problem. Trade experience in the case of night dresses has been that garments which are made from these chemically treated fabrics are not popular, and many inquiries are being made to find a suitable material. It is a matter which I will ask the Working Party to look at.