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Furniture Industry

Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with HM Revenue and Customs on the import of furniture which does not meet required safety standards. (96600)

None. Fire safety of furniture imported to the UK is governed by the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988. These Regulations are enforced by Trading Standards. HM Revenue and Customs liaises with Trading Standards on furniture imports as appropriate.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the effect on the UK furniture industry of standards applying to the manufacture of furniture. (96602)

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the European Commission's policy is towards the regulation of standards in the furniture industry in Europe. (96603)

The European Commission's policy on standards is reflected in the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC, where European standards are recognised as a means by which products can be shown to meet the general safety requirement. However, the directive also acknowledges that the requirements of national legislation (including mandatory compliance with national standards) take precedence in the absence of product-specific Europe legislation.