§ Mrs. Ann Taylor
asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection when the proposed regulations amending the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1975 will be made.
§ Mr. John Fraser
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 1976 have been laid before Parliament today. They prescribe some additional safety requirements for certain items of domestic electrical equipment, viz, lampholders, lighting fittings and "pear" switches and require electrical equipment, where appropriate, to have an effective cord anchorage or other suitable device to prevent tension in the flexible cord being transmitted to the terminals. They also provide for exemption from certain of the requirements of the 1975 Regulations, either totally or for a limited period, for lamps, lampholders, 15-amp 3-pin plugs, radiant electric fires, surfaces of electric cookers more than 750 mm above floor level, and equipment sold or possessed for sale to the Crown and to electricity boards and certain other bodies for use in connection with the supply of electricity to domestic premises. Certain of the provisions of the principal regulations have been amended in their application to lighting fittings and electricity meters. The amending regulations take account inter alia of matters raised in the Fourth Standing Committee on Statutory Instruments on 6th November 1975.