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Crabtree 3100 And 3010 Switches

Volume 949: debated on Friday 12 May 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what restrictions have been imposed on the sale of Crabtree 3100 and 3010 AC/DC electrical switches; whether he regards these switches as unsafe for use in boats; and what alternatives to these switches are available for direct current circuits on fishing vessels.

I have no knowledge of a restriction on the sale of such switches which I understand were designed primarily for use in domestic household installations. Switches of this type may not be suitable for certain uses in boats' electrical systems on safety grounds in all weather and operational circumstances that could be encountered. There are alternative suitable switches available for use in direct current circuits on fishing vessels on which my Department's Fishing Vessel Surveyors are ready to advise.