§ 13. Mrs. Mann
asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that certain fabrics which are passed for flammability rating of safety under the recent regulations are not guaranteed for dye-fastness, and that all other fabrics which show a highly flammable rating are to have no marking at all; and what steps he proposes to rectify this state of affairs.
§ Mr. J. Rodgers
My information is that the application of neither a flame proofing nor a flame resistant finish to dyed fabrics has any effect upon the dye-fastness to washing of those fabrics. The powers of the Board of Trade under the Fabrics (Misdescription) Act do not extend to the matters mentioned by the hon. Lady. My right hon. Friend therefore has no further steps in mind at present.
§ Mrs. Mann
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that. I have in my possession a protest regarding an order for 2,500 yards of fabric flame-proofed but not guaranteed in regard to dye? It is concerning a firm which he knows very well. I will send the letter to him later. The hon. Gentleman does not appear to have answered the other part of my Question. Is he aware that the Government Research Laboratory has all the tests? It knows which garments or materials are causing most deaths and accidents in the home, and there is not a warning label on any of these fabrics.
§ Mr. Rodgers
I have every sympathy with the hon. Lady's interest in this subject. That is why we have laid down these standards of flammability or flame-resistance. The Fabrics (Misdescription) 222 Act, 1913, under which the recent Regulations were made, does not empower the Board of Trade to lay down standards. Therefore, we are not able to take action on the question of dyeing.
§ Mrs. McLaughlin
Is the Parliamentary Secretary satisfied that publicity on the question of the flammability standards of safety has been sufficient to ensure that manufacturers are aware of this standard and, indeed, that they are encouraged to use it?
§ Mr. Rodgers
We held a Press conference when the standards were laid down, but perhaps there are other steps we can take; I should like to look into it.