HC Deb 08 December 1959 vol 615 cc23-4W
63. Dr. D. Johnson

asked the President of the Board of Trade what consultations he has had with the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research with a view to developing safety devices to prevent oil heaters flaring in draught; and whether, in the light of the numerous fires and consequent fatalities caused by such heaters, he will take steps pending such developments to ensure that sales of these appliances are in all cases accompanied by some suitable form of warning to purchasers.

Mr. Erroll

The development of safety devices is not a matter for the Board of Trade but I am aware that the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research is working as a matter of urgency on the problem of flaring and that a committee of the British Standards Institution is reviewing the standard for domestic stoves. I have no power to impose the labelling condition suggested by my hon. Friend.