§ [The Question was as follows:
§ To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have yet heard from the manufacturers of oil-burning appliances about the arrangements for adapting existing appliances to give them a higher standard of resistance to draughts.]
My Lords, I am pleased to be able to tell my noble friend that Her Majesty's Government have been informed by the Oil Appliance Manufacturers' Association that they are to-day issuing a statement to the national Press. The statement will say that in the course of the next week or so all retail shops who normally sell oil heaters will have information to give to the public on how to have their old drip-feed heaters brought up to a higher standard of resistance to draught. Members of the public who have a heater which they would like modified will be able to obtain advice on how to go about it by going to the retail shop where they bought it, or to another retail shop which sells paraffin heaters.