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Children's Nightwear

Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 29 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the value of imported children's nightwear; how many tests for flammability were carried out on such garments in the last year for which statistics are available; and if he will make a statement.

The total value of imported nightwear in 1986 was £37·3 million. Children's nightwear is not separately identified in the overseas trade statistics.The 1967 regulations, which remained in force until 28 February 1987, required only children's nightdresses to pass a fammability test. No information is available on the number of tests carried out by suppliers for assessing the flammability of the material or by local authority trading standards departments for enforcing the regulations.