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Energy: Gas Safety

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that the gas industry funds safety awareness programmes embracing the risk of carbon monoxide deaths and injuries.

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the current Ofgem price control review will put in place requirements on the industry to run and fund safety awareness programmes embracing the risk of carbon monoxide deaths and injuries.

Photo of Lord Marland Lord Marland The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Under the terms of the gas supply licence, suppliers are required to provide customers with gas safety information at least once a year. Ofgem monitors suppliers compliance with licence conditions and can take enforcement action where required.

Ofgem has also set up a working group to encourage the gas distribution network (GDNs) companies to consider a range of carbon monoxide awareness initiatives. The GDNs are instigating a number of trials during 2011 to look at a variety of methods for protecting customers from carbon monoxide poisoning. The outcome of these trials will help define specific outputs which the distribution companies will have to deliver as part of the next price control in April 2013.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) assesses the effectiveness of consumer awareness campaigns by the gas safe register through a series of key performance indicators (KPIs). These include specific targets to raise awareness of the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and latest survey results show that 80 per cent of consumers were aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide and steps they could take to protect themselves.

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