HC Deb 24 April 1958 vol 586 cc103-4W
Mr. McInnes

asked the Paymaster-General if, in view of the increasing number of fatalities in Scotland arising from coal-gas poisoning, he will indicate the results of the investigation by the Gas Council's Watson House Research Centre into this problem.

Sir I. Horobin

The prevention of accidental gas poisoning fatalities is largely a problem of safeguarding aged and handicapped consumers, and the Watson House Research Centre has given particular attention to the design and testing of gas cookers and hot plates especially for the use of these consumers. A special hot plate is at present being manufactured and will shortly be on sale, and work on the design of a cooker is in an advanced stage. The Centre is also working on the design of cookers with safe ignition for general use, on methods of increasing the safety of cookers already in use, and on the possibility of increasing the odour of gas.