HC Deb 15 February 1968 vol 758 cc1565-6
12. Mr. Hunt

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has now received the assurances which in his official capacity he required from the editors of "Petticoat" that paper dresses advertised in this magazine would in future be flame-resistant; and what further assurances he has obtained from the editors regarding their warning their readers of the inflammability of the dresses previously advertised by that magazine.

Mr. Ennals

The editors of this magazine have assured me that they will not be offering paper dresses to their readers again and that a suitable warning about the hazards presented by untreated paper dresses will be included in the issue for 9th March.

Mr. Hunt

I am grateful for that reply. Is the hon. Gentleman aware that one of my constituents could have been very badly burned as a result of the irresponsibility of this magazine? What steps is his Department taking to draw attention to these dangers, not only in this magazine but in others which may be using advertisements of this kind?

Mr. Ennals

The trade is very well aware of the attitude of the Home Office on this question and I think it is co-operating. I am grateful to the editors of this magazine for the co-operation they have given us.