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Home Accident Surveillance System

Volume 87: debated on Wednesday 27 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he is satisfied with the effectiveness of the home accident surveillance system; and whether he has any plans to extend it further.

The home accident surveillance system has proved its effectiveness by providing the quantifiable information essential to my Department in its role of improving consumer safety. In addition it is used extensively by manufacturers and trade associations, by other Government Departments and by organisations such as the British Standards Institution, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Consumers' Association.Its success has resulted in a European Commission proposal that a similar scheme be adopted throughout the Community. If approved this may result in an extension of the system to include sports, leisure and school accidents.