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Home Safety

Volume 982: debated on Tuesday 1 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade, in view of the fact that more deaths and injuries arise from accidents in the home than on the roads, whether he will make home safety a mandatory function for local authorities.

I do not intend, at present, to introduce legislation to extend the enabling provisions, created by the Home Safety Act 1961 as amended, for the promotion of home safety activities, but we do carefully monitor home accident statistics through our home accident surveillance scheme and act where appropriate using the powers of the Consumer Safety Act 1978.