HC Deb 19 November 1965 vol 720 c109W
Mr. Gregory

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has now received the report of the Standing Committee on Dangerous Substances relating to the carriage by road of dangerous substances; if he will now advise local authorities and other interested bodies on matters relating to the control of dangerous substances in the interests of public safety; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. George Thomas

The Committee held its first meeting on 13th September, 1965, and decided to set up technical subcommittees to deal, respectively, with the packaging, loading and labelling of dangerous substances, with the operation of vehicles conveying them, and with the construction of such vehicles. The Committee, whose field includes many hundreds of dangerous substances, has decided to concentrate first on the control of the carriage by road of some 70 inflammable liquids. As soon as the technical sub-committees have made sufficient progress my right hon. and learned Friend expects the Committee to recommend what action should then be taken. The local authorities and industry, as well as the Government Departments concerned, are represented on this advisory body.