HC Deb 29 June 1966 vol 730 c307W
161. Mr. George Craddock

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will now announce the results of discussions with the trade in connection with non-inflammable nightwear.

Miss Bacon

The Working Party on Flammable Clothing has recently recommended that the present exemption of infants' gowns from the requirements of the Children's Nightdresses Regulations, 1964 should be partly removed; that in the case of children's nightdresses made from thermoplastic materials, the use of non-melting embroidery and button-hole threads should be permitted above the waist and elbows; and that all adults' nightdresses exceeding 45 inches in length, which do not satisfy a prescribed flammability test, should bear a label warning the customer that suoh garments are not safe from fire. Regulations will now be prepared giving effect to these proposals, except that my right hon. Friend proposes that the labelling requirement should apply to all adults' nightdresses coming within the scope of the new controls, regardless of their length. The present exemption of infants' gowns from the Children's Nightdresses Regulations would in future be limited to gowns with a chest measurement not exceeding 21 inches.