Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 9th January 2019.

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Photo of John McNally John McNally Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Environment)

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the CO2 regulations in Scotland in relation to private landlords.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Government has not made a specific assessment of the potential merits of the Scottish Carbon Monoxide regulations in relation to private landlords.

In England, a consultation was held to assess the effectiveness of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015. The responses to this consultation showed that the regulations were working as intended. The results of this consultation will feed into the wider review of requirements for Carbon Monoxide alarms that was announced in April 2018. This review will consider if the regulations should be extended to include all fuel types as well as all tenures

In England the regulations require that private landlords install a carbon monoxide alarm in any room having a solid fuel heating appliance. Private landlords are also required to ensure that the alarms are in working order on the first day of the tenancy. Failure to comply with the regulations can result in a penalty of up to £5,000

The Scottish Carbon Monoxide alarm regulations are a devolved power and it would be for the devolved administration in Scotland to provide details of any assessments they have made of their regulations.

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