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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
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unstar this property hansard heading Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will respond to their 2016 consultation on updating the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL15639 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-22more like thismore than 2019-05-22
unstar this property answer text <p>This is a complex issue and it is absolutely vital that the Government gets this right: we are committed to reviewing these regulations to ensure that the highest levels of fire safety are maintained while minimising risks to health and the environment.</p><p> </p><p>The Department will publish its response to the 2016 consultation in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Henley more like this
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less than 2019-05-22T13:24:56.007Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-22T13:24:56.007Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Henley more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this
1125847
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Furniture: Fire Resistant Materials more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Office for Product Safety and Standards has spent on product compliance testing under the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988 since its formation; and what were the results of such testing. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL15637 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-22more like thismore than 2019-05-22
unstar this property answer text <p>The Office for Product Safety and Standards has made available £500,000 in 2018 and £600,000 in 2019 for Local Authority Trading Standards to carry out product compliance testing at accredited laboratories. This testing includes compliance testing under the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988.</p><p> </p><p>Local Authority Trading Standards take appropriate enforcement action as required in light of the results from this testing.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Henley more like this
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less than 2019-05-22T11:57:10.987Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-22T11:57:10.987Z
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2616
star this property label Biography information for Lord Henley more like this
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1861
star this property label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this
1125846
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Furniture: Fire Resistant Materials more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding of the study Flame retardants in UK furniture increase smoke toxicity more than they reduce fire growth rate, published in the journal Chemosphere in December 2017; and what steps they are taking to ensure that UK furniture is safe. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL15636 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-22more like thismore than 2019-05-22
unstar this property answer text <p>As part of the Government’s review of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire)(Safety) Regulations 1988, we are taking account of a wide range of scientific evidence from external sources including academic papers and studies.</p><p> </p><p>We are committed to reviewing these regulations to ensure that the highest levels of fire safety are maintained while minimising risks to health and the environment.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Henley more like this
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less than 2019-05-22T11:56:26.99Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-22T11:56:26.99Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Henley more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this
1125848
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Furniture: Fire Resistant Materials more like this
unstar this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to address the differences between the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL15638 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
unstar this property answer text <p>The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 work in different ways but both aim to provide protection from fire risks.</p><p> </p><p>The Government’s review of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire)(Safety) Regulations 1988 aims to ensure they reflect changes in fire safety risks, and respond to developments in furniture design, innovation, manufacturing processes and environmental and health concerns while maintaining fire safety protections.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Henley more like this
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less than 2019-05-21T15:00:30.167Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T15:00:30.167Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Henley more like this
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star this property label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this
1125850
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Takeovers: Conflict of Interests more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to undertake a review of the management of conflicts of interest arising when, in a contested takeover situation, institutional investors hold shares for clients, or under their own account, in both the bidder and target companies. more like this
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Lord Myners more like this
star this property uin HL15640 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
unstar this property answer text <p>It is not uncommon for some investors to hold shares in both the bidder and target companies and rules mandated by the Financial Conduct Authority provide transparency to the market about share ownership. Takeover decisions are ultimately a matter for shareholders and the UK’s takeover rules require bidders to secure the approval of a majority of shareholders in the target company.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Henley more like this
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less than 2019-05-20T16:06:53.167Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-20T16:06:53.167Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Henley more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
1125844
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Furniture: Fire Resistant Materials more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the safety of the use of decabromodiphenyl ethane in UK furniture; and what advice, if any, they have received from (1) the European Chemicals Agency, (2) the Health and Safety Executive, and (3) the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment on the risks of using decabromodiphenyl ethane. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL15634 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government is currently reviewing the operation of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 and is taking account of evidence and advice from external sources such as academic papers as well as the views of experts from across government, including Chief Scientific Advisors.</p><p> </p><p>All furniture must also comply with the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 and be safe before it can be placed on the market.</p><p> </p><p>DecaBDE is a persistent organic pollutant. The UK ceased production of this substance in 1996 and its use has declined sharply since then. Many other countries have also phased out its use. It was banned under the UN Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants in December 2018 and under the European chemical regulation regime, REACH, in March 2019. It will not be present in household soft furnishings and mattresses purchased after this ban comes into effect.</p><p> </p><p>Chemicals, including brominated flame retardants used in UK furniture, are regulated under Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). REACH aims to provide a high level of protection for health and the environment from the use of chemicals including those used in products.</p><p> </p><p>In order to comply with REACH, companies must identify and manage the risks linked to the substances they manufacture and market in the EU. They have to demonstrate how the substances can be safely used, and they must communicate the risk management measures to the users. If the risks cannot be managed, authorities can ban or restrict the use of substances.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Henley more like this
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less than 2019-05-20T16:06:25.16Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-20T16:06:25.16Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Henley more like this
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1861
star this property label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this
1125716
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Construction: Licensing more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the implications for the Government's polices of the Federation of Master Builders’ report, Licence to build: A pathway to licensing UK construction. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stretford and Urmston more like this
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Kate Green more like this
star this property uin 252640 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-17more like thismore than 2019-05-17
unstar this property answer text <p>The Department has regular discussions with the construction industry, including the Federation of Master Builders, about how best to improve the standard of work undertaken by firms and sole traders in the sector, and to protect consumers.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has already endorsed the TrustMark Scheme which works to educate consumers on recognising and reporting rogue traders operating in the home building and repair market. TrustMask is actively involved with Trading Standards to provide further protection to consumers affected by rogue builders; and to identify local traders who have undergone independent checks for both trade competence and good trading practice. This scheme gives consumers increased confidence and ability to choose registered businesses including builders who adhere to and maintain high standards.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Pendle more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Stephenson more like this
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less than 2019-05-17T08:40:09.6Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-17T08:40:09.6Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Stephenson more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Kate Green more like this
1125665
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
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unstar this property hansard heading Cars: Hire Services more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a mandatory membership group for car hire companies to (a) better protect consumers and (b) ensure adequate standards in the industry. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Antrim more like this
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Paul Girvan more like this
star this property uin 252619 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-16more like thismore than 2019-05-16
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government has not made any assessment of introducing a mandatory membership group for car hire companies.</p><p> </p><p>There is strong consumer protection legislation in place that protects consumers when dealing with traders, including car hire companies, namely the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008, the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013. In addition, the Competition and Markets Authority has considered and carried out enforcement action against certain car hire companies for breaches of consumer protection legislation and has produced guidance for businesses and consumers. Further information can be found at: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cma-leads-europe-wide-action-on-car-hire" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cma-leads-europe-wide-action-on-car-hire</a>.</p><p> </p><p>For further information on their rights, consumers should contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 (<a href="http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/" target="_blank">www.citizensadvice.org.uk/</a>). The helpline offers free advice to consumers on their rights and how to take their complaint forward. The helpline will also refer on complaints to the relevant authority for further enforcement action where appropriate.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-05-16T13:39:28.163Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-16T13:39:28.163Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Paul Girvan more like this
1125690
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
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unstar this property hansard heading Whirlpool Corporation: Tumble Dryers more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of whether Whirlpool has (a) implemented adequate product safety checks and (b) carried out satisfactory repairs on models of tumble dryer that had been found faulty. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Ross, Skye and Lochaber more like this
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Ian Blackford more like this
star this property uin 252626 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-15more like thismore than 2019-05-15
unstar this property answer text <p>The Office for Product Safety and Standards has conducted a full review into Whirlpool’s modification programme for tumble dryers. This review concluded that the risk to modified tumble dryers was low. A decision letter was sent to Whirlpool, placing a number of requirements on the company.</p><p> </p><p>The Chief Executive of the Office for Product Safety and Standards met senior Whirlpool officials 2nd May to advise them of concerns regarding the adequacy of their response to the requirements placed upon them and advised them on steps necessary to fulfil their obligations.</p><p> </p><p>OPSS is closely monitoring the response of Whirlpool and further steps will be taken if the response is not satisfactory. Consumer safety is a key priority and the Government will hold the company to account.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rochester and Strood more like this
star this property answering member printed Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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less than 2019-05-15T13:42:23.74Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-15T13:42:23.74Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kelly Tolhurst more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Ian Blackford more like this
1125851
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy remove filter
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
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unstar this property hansard heading Summertime: EU Action more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to continuing alignment between UK and EU policy on seasonal time changes, after the European Parliament voted to end them from October 2021. more like this
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Baroness Nye more like this
star this property uin HL15641 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-14more like thismore than 2019-05-14
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government does not believe there is any case for changing the current arrangements. I am working with EU Member States to convince them and the European Commission of our position.</p><p>We believe the current system works for citizens in the UK and there is no evidence that justifies the abolition of daylight saving time, which currently already ensures harmonisation of time in the EU.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Henley more like this
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less than 2019-05-14T14:29:17.087Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-14T14:29:17.087Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Henley more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Nye more like this