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Digital Broadcasting: Broadcasting Reception

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 23 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many television signal reception installers had signed up to the Registered Digital Installer scheme at 30 April 2007, broken down by ITV region. (138162)

Information recorded at 30 April 2007 by the Registered Digital Installer-Licensing Body is set out in the following table.

ITV region

Enrolled/registered for training

Registered digital installers (RDIs)

Associate RDIs

Anglia

28

0

1

Border

10

0

1

Central

143

13

11

Grampian

3

1

0

Granada

54

0

4

HTV Wales

87

6

3

HTV West

7

0

4

London

73

1

0

Meridian

34

0

3

Scottish TV

4

0

0

Tyne Tees

38

0

7

Ulster

1

0

0

West Country

20

0

1

Yorkshire

331

24

10

Total

833

45

46

The number of accredited installers is now increasing week-by-week and, as at 14 May 2007, there were 56 RDIs.

The Associate RDI Scheme, which is mentioned in the table, has been launched by the RDI Licensing Body as a temporary measure given the need for consumers to be able to identify honest and reliable aerial installers in the interim before significant numbers of installers gain full RDI qualification. Associate RDIs have met the following criteria:

have enrolled or given a commitment to enrol for relevant NVQ training;

have undertaken and met the requirements of a suitable Working at Heights course;

have a minimum of one year’s relevant work experience within the aerial industry;

provided evidence of a satisfactory Basic Criminal Records Disclosure and Public Liability insurance.