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Oil Lamps

Volume 973: debated on Wednesday 14 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what special provision it is proposed to employ to ensure that the Oil Lamps (Safety) Regulations 1979 are imposed on imported lamps; what standards are currently imposed; and by what means it is proposed to prevent importers circumventing the order before commencement date.

[pursuant to her reply, 13 November 1979]: The Oil Lamps (Safety) Regulations 1979 apply to all oil lamps intended for domestic use which are sold or possessed for sale in this country, including imported lamps. Enforcement of the regulations by local weights and measures authorities will be relied upon to ensure compliance with them with effect from the commencement date. If non-complying lamps presenting a significant hazard were to be imported meanwhile, I would take appropriate action to deal with them, if necessary by using the powers provided by the Consumer Safety Act 1978.