HC Deb 12 December 1963 vol 686 cc117-8W
Mr. George Craddock

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware of the number of faulty babies' carry-cots on the market, involving serious and fatal accidents; and what steps he proposes to take to remedy the position.

Mr. Woodhouse

My right hon. Friend has received reports of recent fatal accidents in which carry-cots placed on open-ended carry-cot stands have over- balanced, resulting in the suffocation of the infants in them. He is bringing these accidents to the notice of manufacturers and asking them to take whatever steps are necessary to eliminate this danger. The possible need for a British Standard for carry-cots and for carry-cotstands is, I understand, at present under consideration by Committees of the British Standards Institution concerned with personal safety.