To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans he has to introduce legislation further to extend consumer safety.
The safety of consumers has been greatly improved by the implementation of the Consumer Protection Act 1987. From 1 October 1987, under the general safety requirement, it became a criminal offence to supply any consumer product that is not reasonably safe. The Act also implements the European Community directive on product liability and means that from 1 March 1988 it will be much easier for people damaged by defective products to obtain redress through the courts.In addition to the general safety requirement, the safety of a range of products is covered by specific regulations. New regulations are to be introduced covering the flammability of upholstered furniture and bedding; and it is the intention to introduce further regulations to implement a number of EC directives, including those covering the safety of toys and certain electrical products.