HC Deb 24 May 1976 vol 912 cc22-3W
Mr. Kilroy-Silk

asked the Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection, in view of the fire and toxic fumes risk from cellular foam, if she will take steps to introduce safeguards, especially in the home.

Mr. John Fraser

The most effective safeguard is to take normal precautions to prevent fires occurring, and the Government and other bodies already promote a great deal of publicity on this subject. Following the recent publication by the Building Research Establishment of a report on Government-sponsored research on the fire hazards of plastics in furniture my Department has asked the furniture trade to take the findings into account in deciding on the composition of upholstered furniture. The report is now being studied in more detail to see whether any additional guidance can be issued pending the availability of suitable fire test methods now being developed.