HL Deb 17 March 2003 vol 646 c14WA
The Duke of Montrose

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Answer by Lord Whitty on 4 March (HL Deb, cols 702–03), whether they have an assessment of how many halon fire extinguishers are in the hands of private individuals or one-man businesses who are not subject to an annual fire system assessment for insurance purposes. [HL2056]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty)

A fire-protection industry representative estimated that by the mid-1990s around 7.5 million to 8 million hand-held, halon 1211 fire-extinguishers were in circulation in the UK. No more should have been manufactured since then. Allowing for their use or disposal since that time, there was a possibility that around 2.5 million were still located at domestic and commercial premises in the UK.