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Spectacle Frames (Flammable Material)

Volume 649: debated on Thursday 23 November 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that highly inflammable material is being used for spectacle frames; and if he will take action to prevent its use in the interests of safety.

I am aware that cellulose nitrate is used in the manufacture of some spectacle frames, but I am advised that for practical reason it is not in all circumstances possible to use a non-inflammable substitute. Only one other case of spectacles catching fire besides that recently reported by my hon. Friend has come to notice since 1957. I am writing to my hon. Friend.