HC Deb 10 May 1988 vol 133 cc68-9W
Mr. Dunnachie

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if, in view of recent accidents, he will make it mandatory for baby walker manufacturers to issue comprehensive instructions with their products.

Mr. Butcher

Research has shown that most baby walker accidents requiring hospital treatment involve a fall down steps or stairs. For this reason the British Standard on baby walkers—BS 4648—which is currently being updated includes a requirement that all baby walkers should carry a permanent label stating "WARNING—Never leave your baby alone in this walker". In addition, the standard specifies that instructions concerning the correct and safe assembly and use of the walker should be provided. The instructions advise users to guard against open fires, stairs and steps and to ensure that floor areas are clear of any obstructions.

My Department will examine the draft revised standard to ensure that it provides an adequate level of safety and if so, it will he considered for approval for the purpose of the general safety requirement provision of the Consumer Protection Act 1987.