Mr. T. MORRIS
asked the Home Secretary how many fatal accidents there were during 1934 from the use of electrical apparatus in private houses; and whether he is satisfied that existing legislation is sufficient to prevent the sale of articles which cannot be used with safety by inexperienced persons?
§ Sir J. SIMON
Accidents from the use of electrical apparatus in domestic premises are not reportable to the Home Office, but 15 fatal accidents of this kind came to the notice of the Department during 1934. The law does not prohibit the sale of electrical appliances on the ground that they may be dangerous to inexperienced persons, but only a few instances have come to the notice of the Department in which exception could reasonably be taken, on grounds of danger, to electrical apparatus placed on sale, and in such cases manufacturers generally have shown themselves ready to remedy the defects, when pointed out to them.