HC Deb 02 December 1992 vol 215 c250W
25. Mr. McCartney

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what further representations he has made to the European Commission to ensure that United Nations consumers continue to receive protection against dangerous foam-filled furniture.

Mr. Leigh

In May 1991 the Commission announced its decision to suspend further work on the preparation of directive on the fire behaviour of upholstered furniture pending research to establish criteria for test methods. In informal contacts with the Commission, my Department has continued to make it clear that the United Kingdom will retain its furniture regulations until there is agreement on a directive which will afford a level of fire protection commensurate with our prevailing requirements for furniture containing foam and other filling material.

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