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Domestic Electrical Appliances

Volume 982: debated on Thursday 17 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will seek powers to require all manufacturers of electrical domestic appliances to attach to the appliance information about the correct fuse rating.

Regulation 12 of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1975, made under the Consumer Protection Act, 1961, already provides that, where it is necessary for the safe operation of the equipment that the user should be aware of any particular characteristic, the appropriate information should be provided on or with the equipment. This requirement includes information about the correct plug fuse rating for domestic electrical appliances where this affects the safe operation of the equipment. In general, a standard 13-amp fuse will provide the necessary degree of protection in the event of a short circuit in domestic appliances.