HC Deb 18 November 1969 vol 791 cc291-2W
Mr. Pavitt

asked the Minister of Technology what steps he is now proposing to promote further safety in the use of gas.

Mr. Harold Lever

I have three proposals in hand. First, I shall be proposing in the forthcoming Gas Bill reserve powers for gas boards to inspect gas installations in premises in the interests of safety. Boards do not have these powers in adequate form at present. Second, the intention is by means of regulation to give statutory effect to the best standards for the installation of gas and of gas appliances in premises, so that a breach of these standards would be liable to criminal proceedings. Third, a new association is being formed representing all those who work on the installation of gas, in order to promote the observance of the highest standards in fitting and maintaining gas installations. To this end registers of those qualified and competent to do the work are to be organised.