Mr. W. E. Garrett
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what are his plans for a publicity and educational campaign to alert the public to the new toxic, inflammable and dangerous chemical warning signs that have been issued by the EEC.
§ Mr. John Grant
I have been asked to reply.17W
A full news release was issued by the Health and Safety Commission on 1st March 1978 when the Packaging and Labelling of Dangerous Substances Regulations 1978 were laid before Parliament. These regulations, which become effective for large containers on 1st September 1978 and for all other containers on 1st March 1979, implement within Great Britain an EEC Directive on the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous substances and make a statutory requirement for the use of these symbols. A guidance booklet and poster are currently being produced to publicise widely the symbols and these will be distributed before the Regulations come into operation.