HC Deb 27 November 1964 vol 702 cc227-8W
Mr. John Harvey

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware of the use of inflammable materials as lampshades; and what action he proposes to take in the interests of safety in the home.

Mr. George Thomas

My right hon. Friend has no evidence that lampshades, which are made of many different materials, present a serious risk of fire in the home. Danger may arise if lampshades are used with electric light bulbs of a higher wattage than that for which they are designed. The Home Office has, therefore, asked the trade to warn the public of this danger by means of a suitable notice attached to any lampshades offered for sale. If a particular kind of lampshade is thought to offer a serious risk of fire, my right hon. Friend will be glad to arrange for an investigation to be made if details are sent to him.