HC Deb 22 January 1975 vol 884 cc405-6W
Mr. Hatton

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, in view of the increase in the number and seriousness of fires, if he will amend the fire prevention regulations in respect of the use of plastic as at present manufactured when used for walls, windows, roof lights or furniture.

Mr. Kaufman

The current building regulations on structural fire precautions are written in terms of performance requirements and thus limit the use of plastics material. These regulations are kept under constant review. We recognise that, with the increasing use of a

1970 1971 1972 1973 1974
Newport 116 194 37 2
Cardiff 95 64 79 31 4
Barry 18 21 28
Port Talbot 910 481 222 61
Swansea 178 52 7 11
Milford Haven 756 407 14
Fishguard 64
Holyhead 287 89 3 137
Mostyn 6 7 5
2,079 1,513 481 108 205

Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has for sanctioning capital expenditure for the development of port facilities in

widening variety of plastics materials in the construction of buildings, there is a need for more information about how they behave in fire, and research into this is being carried out. The control of the use of plastics furniture is a matter for the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection, but I understand that similar research is being carried out into this aspect of the problem.

Mr. Hatton

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if, in view of concern about the number of serious and rapid fires, he will consider banning the use of plastic junction boxes carrying a heavy amperage, and plastic electric fittings for all but the smallest switches.

Mr. Kaufman

We have no evidence that these fittings are a significant fire hazard. If my hon. Friend will let me have information about the fires to which his Question refers we will consider it when deciding how to use the powers to make building regulations controlling electrical installations that will be available under Part III of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

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