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Regulation of Electricians as a Profession

  • Submitted by: Jamie Halcro Johnston, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
  • Date lodged: Monday, 01 October 2018
  • Motion reference: S5M-14162
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, 25 October 2018

That the Parliament notes the calls supporting the principle of the regulation of electricians as a profession; understands that, while over 100 regulated professions exist in the UK, including gas engineers, there is no protection afforded to electricians; appreciates that improperly-installed electrical work creates a significant risk of fire as well as other harm to householders in the Highlands and Islands and across Scotland; believes that the installation of electrical work by unqualified or only partly qualified individuals carries the risk of defects and safety issues arising; acknowledges the survey conducted by SELECT, which is the trade association for the electrical contracting industry in Scotland, which suggests that 93% of householders would expect someone claiming to be an electrician to be properly qualified and that 89% were not aware of how to check the qualifications of someone, and acknowledges the calls for the Scottish Government to consider how the Parliament’s powers over protection of title can be utilised to reassure the public of the safety of electrical work that is carried out in domestic and non-domestic premises.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Jeremy Balfour, Michelle Ballantyne, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Maurice Corry, Bruce Crawford, Neil Findlay, Maurice Golden, Iain Gray, Jamie Greene, Rachael Hamilton, Alison Harris, Alison Johnstone, James Kelly, Liam Kerr, Monica Lennon, Gordon Lindhurst, Tom Mason, Liam McArthur, Margaret Mitchell, Edward Mountain, Willie Rennie, John Scott, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Annie Wells