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Polyurethane Foam (Fire Risk)

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, in the light of the financial loss sustained by the destruction of the sports centre opened by Sir Alf Ramsey five years ago by fire on 20 March, if he will issue a circular to local authorities not to use the present generation of unsafe polyurethane foam in any fillings for furnishings in sports centres.

No. There is at this stage no reason to suppose that polyurethane foam filled furniture was largely responsible for the property loss which occurred in this fire, but I understand that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department is calling for a report on the fire in question. It is open to any local authority requiring advice on fire hazards to approach the fire authority.