§ Mr. Maude
I am considering remaking the 1980 Upholstered Furniture (Safety) Regulations, as furniture flammability is a significant consumer hazard. I am not aware of any Community proposals in this area.
Under the terms of directive 83/189, member states are required to notify the Commission of proposals for new regulations. A three-month period is then required for consideration of such proposals by the Commission and by member states: if any objection is raised the period of delay is extended to six months. Should the Commission put forward a proposal for a directive on the subject, national action may be delayed for 12 months from the date of notification.