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Natural Gas: Engineers

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many registered gas engineers there were in each of the last 10 years; and how many were (a) deregistered, (b) fined and (c) imprisoned in each of the last 10 years. (241703)

The information requested is set out as follows.

Table 1: Number of registered gas installers and installers deregistered

Registered installers

Removed from register

1999

44,736

62

2000

44,221

10

2001

44,476

19

2002

43,117

27

2003

44,141

10

2004

42,930

29

2005

47,357

15

2006

49,744

15

2007

51,249

17

2008

54,926

6

Table 2: Fines imposed

Number of prosecution cases

Of which: Number of individuals prosecuted

1999-2000

55

47

2000-01

46

36

2001-02

36

24

2002-03

39

37

2003-04

30

26

2004-05

24

22

2005-06

15

13

2006-07

17

15

2007-08

16

15

Custodial sentences

Between 1998-99 and 2007-08, 11 individuals received custodial or suspended sentences prison sentences relating to gas installation work. Only one was a registered gas installer.

Notes:

1. The figures in table 1 relate to gas installation businesses registered with CORGI under the under the Gas Safety (installation and Use) Regulations 1998. The figures have been provided by CORGI.

2. The figures in table 2 are prosecutions by the Health and Safety Executive for breaches of the 1998 and predecessor Regulations that resulted in fines being imposed. Figures to show how many of those prosecutions were for unregistered gas work alone could only be provided at disproportionate cost.