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Carbon Monoxide

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 7th April 2005.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Chair, Education & Skills Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will introduce a levy on gas supply companies to be used for publicity and research on preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.

Photo of Mr Chris Pond Mr Chris Pond Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

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We have no proposals for introducing a statutory levy. The Health and Safety Executive is working with the major gas supply companies on voluntary funding for a gas safety publicity strategy that includes the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Agreement has been reached with the Energy Retail Association (representing the six largest suppliers) and the first campaigns commenced winter 2004–05.

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