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Building Regulations (Electrical Contractors)

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many electrical contractors are registered under Part P of the building regulations; and what estimate she has made of the number of contractors who have yet to register. (98143)

The regulatory impact assessment for Part P of the building regulations estimated that there were about 61,000 electrical contracting firms in the United Kingdom. To date about 30,000 firms have registered with a Part P competent person self-certification scheme. Part P and Part P competent person schemes cover only notifiable electrical installation work in dwellings; some of the 61,000 firms would carry out electrical installation work only in buildings other than dwellings so would not benefit from joining a Part P scheme. Electrical safety in buildings other than dwellings is controlled by the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 for which the Health and Safety Executive is the enforcing authority.