George Osborne will 'make sure' children's dress-up safety standards change

The Chancellor has told the Business Secretary to review the inflammability safety standards of children's fancy dress items, after campaign lead by Claudia Winkleman enters the House of Commons.
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Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne has asked the Business Secretary to review the safety standards of all children’s fancy dress items.

The movement arrives after a campaign lead by Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman to improve the inflammability standards of dress-up items was taken to the Prime Minister’s Questions.

Winkleman pioneered the initiative after her daughter Matilda Thykier was taken to hospital last October after the cape on her Halloween outfit was set alight by a candle in a pumpkin.

The Telegraph reports that children’s fancy-dress is currently classified as a toy and therefore does not meet the highter safety standards of nightwear, which is governed by a separate British Standard.

However, during an appearance at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Osborne told MPS “We will make sure it changes.” 

Anne Main, the Conservative MP for St Albans, asked Osborne: “Under current toy regulations, small children can be engulfed in flames by three centimetres in one second.

“Will you speak to the Prime Minister and ask if he will intervene with the Business Secretary and see if we can bring in a statutory instrument to improve the flammability testing standards of children’s play and dress-up costumes?”

Osborne replied: “You are quite right to raise this case. We all saw the tragedy that befell the family of the Strictly Come Dancing presenter and the campaign her family has undertaken to change the regulations in this space.

“It is true we don’t have the same flame retardant regulations for fancy dress costumes for children. That seem wrong, I know the Business Secretary is looking at it and we will make sure it changes.”

The campaign has been seconded by YouTube vlogger, Channel Mum who has produced a video to highlight the speed at which a ctypical child's dress-up item can catch fire undewr the current regulations. View the video below:


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