HC Deb 27 July 1979 vol 971 cc595-6W
Mr. Hooson

asked the Secretary of State for Trade how many complaints have reached his Department's Consumer safety unit in the most recent 12 months regarding the availability of dangerous toys in street vending machines; and whether he is satisfied with existing provisions for protecting consumers in this connection.

Mrs. Sally Oppenheim

Information has recently been received about certain dangerous cigarette lighters, labelled as toys, on sale in street vending machines in parts of Wales. My Department has today issued a public warning about these toys which, if filled with petrol, are liable to burst into flame. The distributor has been asked to withdraw them from sale immediately. If this is not done, I shall consider what further action needs to be taken.