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Natural Gas: Safety

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 154141, tabled on 14 April 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if officials in his Department will hold discussions with retailers of products that require installation by a gas safe engineer on the creation of a voluntary scheme for checking purchasers' gas safe ID cards.

Answered on

26 April 2022

The installation and maintenance of gas appliances in domestic and commercial settings must only be undertaken by a suitably qualified and competent Gas Safe registered engineer. The Health and Safety Executive manages the delivery of the Gas Safe Register. Those on the Register are issued with a Gas Safe ID card that contains a list of the qualifications the engineer holds – this can be checked online by members of the public.

There are currently no plans to restrict the purchase of appliances to registered installers or for a voluntary scheme for checking purchasers’ Gas Safe ID cards at the point of purchase. The Government meets regularly with trade associations of installers and manufacturers of gas appliances, such as the Fuel Industry Association and the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances, but does not, as a matter of course, hold regular meetings with retailers on the sale of gas appliances.