HC Deb 23 July 1970 vol 804 cc747-8
49. Mrs. Joyce Butler

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will seek powers to ensure that colours used in cosmetics conform to a permitted list which has been approved by his technical advisers.

Mr. Sharples

I have no evidence that a general control of this kind is necessary. The trade associations concerned will shortly be publishing a code of practice giving guidance on the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics and I have no doubt that manufacturers generally will comply with it.

Mrs. Butler

Are any of the colourants which are banned from food being used in lipstick and other cosmetics? If so, what action is being taken against abuses and to protect the public?

Mr. Sharples

I understand that the hon. Lady asked a similar Question earlier this year. We are looking into this matter. She was concerned with the substance called Ponceau MX. Inquiries are being made and I will inform the hon. Lady of their outcome.

Mrs. Butler


Mr. Speaker

Order. One Member, one question.

Mr. Kenneth Lewis

Will my hon. Friend consider recommending cutting out bright red?