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Volume 155: debated on Tuesday 20 June 1922

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asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will consider methods to protect the public, in respect more particularly to its child life in respect of the composition of flannel and flannelette, either by the registration of names or by compulsory marking of both materials, giving details of the principal raw materials of which they are manufactured?

I have been asked to reply. The question of the danger arising from the use of flannelette for articles of clothing was investigated by a Home Office Committee in 1910. The Committee reported that there was no sufficient reason to suppose that a com- pulsory system of marking goods would either influence the public in their choice of material or make people more careful in avoiding the risk of fire, and that the only legislation they could recommend was for the prevention of positive misrepresentations of the character of the material offered for sale. An Act, entitled the Fabrics (Misdescription) Act, was passed in 1913 to give effect to this recommendation. Since the passing of the Act, very few, if any, representations On the subject of the danger from flannelette have reached the Department.