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Unsafe Garden Equipment

Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 18 July 1990

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26.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will consider measures to protect consumers from unsafe garden tools and machinery.

37.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will consider measures to protect consumers from unsafe garden tools and machinery.

The existing Consumer Protection Act 1987 already provides a general duty on suppliers to ensure that products, including garden tools and machinery, are safe. Where these products are electrically powered, they would also be subject to the Low Voltage Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1989 which implement the EC Low Voltage Directive, covering the basic safety requirements of electrical equipment traded throughout the European Community. In addition, the EC Machinery Safety Directive, which provides more detailed requirements on the guarding and safety of all mechanised equipment, will be implemented into United Kingdom legislation by the end of 1991, coming into force on 31 December 1992.