§ Mr. Marks
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce regulations under the Consumer Protection Act 1961 to control the sale of unsafe electrical plugs, sockets and portable immersion heaters.
§ Mr. Sharples
The Home Office has taken appropriate action to deal with certain imported plugs which have been the subject of recent criticism, but my right hon. Friend is not convinced of the need for regulations applying to plugs and sockets generally. A British Standard for portable immersion heaters is about to be published, and my right hon. Friend will consider the need for regulations in the light of its recommendations.