HC Deb 02 July 1997 vol 297 c186W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what requirements are placed on gas emergency engineers in respect of the carrying of equipment to trace carbon monoxide. [5431]

Angela Eagle

There are no specific requirements. However, the Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996 place a duty on gas transporters and/or emergency service providers to attend the scene of a reported gas emergency and make the situation safe. The Regulations also require those undertaking the work to have the necessary skills, competence and hardware to enable them to discharge their duties effectively and safely.

On the broader issue of gas safety, we are determined to support the Health and Safety Commission/Executive in their policy of raising awareness and encouraging tough enforcement where action is necessary. We have asked officials for advice before the autumn on ways in which a higher profile for gas safety can be achieved.