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Spectacle Frames (Inflammable Materials)

Volume 652: debated on Thursday 1 February 1962

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether, in view of the additional evidence which was forwarded to his Department by the hon. Member for Bromsgrove on 20th December, he is considering taking any further action to prohibit the use of inflammable materials in spectacle frames;

(2) whether, as long as cellulose nitrate is allowed to be used in the manufacture of spectacle frames, he will consider introducing a regulation that all such frames, sold in this country, must be clearly stamped with the words "Highly Inflammable."

I will discuss these suggestions with the manufacturers of spectacle frames.

Does my hon. and learned Friend realise that this is a very dangerous matter? Until my glasses caught fire, I had no knowledge that the material used in them was inflammable. Will my hon. and learned Friend consider this matter and take quick action on it? In any case, let us warn the public that in many cases they are wearing gun cotton on the ends of their noses.

From my hon. Friend's experience and from the other cases which he has brought to our notice, we feel that we are now justified in approaching the manufacturers with a view to discussing this potential danger with them.