HC Deb 26 October 1998 vol 318 c23W
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to ban the use of anti-microbial disinfectants, impregnated mattresses and similar household goods. [56172]

Dr. Howells

I have no plans to ban these products. Anti-microbial disinfectants are within scope of the recently adopted Biocidal Products Directive which will introduce a European harmonised authorisation scheme for such products. A central aim of the directive, which is to be implemented in member States by May 2000, is to ensure a high level of protection for people and the environment.