The Elf wrote:This isn't about location. UK suppliers, by law, *have* to provide a UK plug - an adapter is not accepted.
Sorry, Paul, that's not entirely correct.
All manufacturers and importers of electrical goods sold in the UK must make sure that they are fitted with a UK three-pin plug complete with the appropriate fuse.
However, it is permissible in law for appliances fitted at the factory with a non-UK plug (but one compliant with IEC 884-1 -- ie. a standard EU plug) to be provided with a "conversion plug" approved for use in conjunction with the non-UK plug. The "conversion plug" must fully enclose the non-UK plug, and must only be removable by the use of a tool, and must have the appropriate live side fuse.
So the 'clamshell' type of adapter that fits over an EU plug, has a fuse in the live side, and is secured with a screw, is a legally acceptable alternative.
A simple plug-in travel adapter is not