Earlier today, I made an intervention in the debate following an Urgent Question raised in regard to the Government’s decision to insist on a recall of 500,000 unsafe tumble dryers manufactured by Whirlpool UK. As a former Fire Officer, I have seen the damage done by faulty white goods on homes and families and I asked the Minister to confirm that her Department would always hold manufacturers to their obligations when a fault is identified, an assurance she was happy to give.
All too often in my previous life I saw the damage, despair and devastation—not to mention the risk to life—that fire can bring to a family home. Will my hon. Friend confirm that product safety and standards remain a priority for this Government, and that manufacturers of white goods such as Whirlpool must act promptly and responsibly when faced with the evidence of goods not being fit for purpose? This journey of risk has been unacceptably long, but I thank her for the robust action that she has recently taken.
I thank my hon. Friend for that, and I note his particular interest in this as a result of his past career. He is absolutely right to suggest that we will ensure that large manufacturers such as Whirlpool comply with the regulations if they find that a technical change needs to be made to their products. We expect them to take appropriate action where a risk has been identified. This is indeed a priority for this Government. It has been a priority since I have been in post, and we will continue to ensure that these organisations comply with the law.