§ Sir Bernard Braine
asked the Secretary of State for Employment what research is being currently undertaken into making polyurethane foam used in the furnishing trades safer to use and less likely to give off toxic fumes when subject to fire.
§ Mr. Dudley Smith
Research into various aspects of flammability and toxicity of expanded polyurethane foam is being undertaken by a number of interested organisations including the Rubber and Plastics Research Association, the Fire Research Station and the Safety in Mines Research Establishment. In addition, the manufacturers of foams used in the furnishing trades are understood to be engaged in research to produce new types of foam, which will be less flammable and less toxic.