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Spectacle Frames (Inflammable Materials)

Volume 656: debated on Thursday 29 March 1962

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his discussions with the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians regarding the use of inflammable materials in the manufacture of spectacle frames.

I have received a reply from the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians and have written to them again asking for further information and clarification on certain points.

While thanking my hon. and learned Friend for that reply, may I ask whether he could please inform me whether the Federation is aware that there is a new form of cellulose acetate known as extruded which is much more stable than the previous one in all climates? Is the Federation aware that as a result of having this new material the whole pattern in America has completely changed from 75 per cent. cellulose nitrate to now 15 per cent?

Yes, Sir. This is among the questions on which we are consulting the manufacturers.