As for the UK and Ireland I'd advocate introducing a fused schuko socket outlet that fits BS plates.
It would probably be quite easy to incorporate a BS1362 fuse into a British version of the Schuko outlet, although it will come as no surprise to those of you who know my views about ring circuits that I'd much rather go with splitting into 16A radials instead.
Also, if non-fused Schukos were sold here for radial circuit use, how long would it be before we saw people putting these directly onto existing 30/32A ring circuits?
The only other problem I forsee is that Schukos for retrofitting into existing 1-inch deep boxes would probably need to have a fairly deep faceplate to accommodate the extra depth. I'm not sure how people who like flush-fitted devices would like that.
[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 10-01-2005).]