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Digital Broadcasting: Television

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many television signal reception installers had signed up to the registered digital installer scheme at 30 June 2007, broken down by ITV television region. (154084)

Information recorded at 30 June 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

137

0

4

Border

57

0

4

Central

269

13

20

Grampian

20

1

1

Granada

215

0

22

HTV Wales

97

15

10

HTV West

42

0

4

London

354

1

9

Meridian

166

0

15

Scottish TV

88

0

0

Tyne Tees

37

0

8

Ulster

13

0

0

West Country

56

0

5

Yorkshire

414

36

6

Total

1,965

66

108

The number of accredited installers is now increasing week-by-week and, as at 23 July 2007, there were 82 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 years relevant work experience within the aerial industry;

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