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Illegally Imported Furniture

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with (a) the Department for Communities and Local Government and (b) trading standards enforcement officers on the health and safety compliance of illegally imported furniture. (95175)

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has policy responsibility for fire safety, setting clear priorities for the fire and rescue service. It is not responsible for the health and safety compliance of imported furniture, and as such I have not discussed this issue with DCLG. Trading Standards is responsible for enforcing the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988, and my officials regularly liaise with its officers on matters arising from these regulations.