Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee

The safety of electrical goods in the UK follow-up inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Due to the general election on 12 December 2019 the Committee has now closed this inquiry. Following the dissolution of Parliament on 6 November, all Select Committees will cease to exist until after the general election. If an inquiry on this subject is held in the future, the Committee may refer to the evidence already gathered as part of this inquiry.

Scope of the inquiry

In May 2018, Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, called for the Government’s Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) to consider a full recall of defective Whirlpool machines, following a series of potentially deadly safety issues with its tumble-dryers. Rachel Reeves wrote to Andrew Griffiths, then Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, to press the Minister on what actions the Government and OPSS were taking to ensure Whirlpool were making defective and modified tumble-dryers safe.

This was only the latest in a series of correspondence and activity from the BEIS Committee on this issue which followed on from the BEIS Committee’s earlier report on the safety of electrical goods in the UK, published on 16 January 2018. The report is available here

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