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T e latest Scottish Government consultation reveals most people back our calls for change in the industry

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6 CABLEtalk APRIL/MAY 2021

ELECT has welcomed the results of the latest consultation on regulation of the electrical industry, which again shows an overwhelming majority of respondents in favour of legislation.

The outcome of the Scottish

Government consultation, which closed on 12 February, reveals that, out of the 100 organisations and individuals who took part, the “vast majority” thought that voluntary measures don’t work and that regulation was required.

Alan Wilson, SELECT’s Managing Director, said: “There is a sense that the campaign is gathering increasing momentum and the strength of the consultation responses illustrates that our conviction is shared by the majority of those in the sector. “While we would all like to think that

voluntary action would work, it’s quite clear from the responses that the sector needs government legislation to bring about ‘comfort and security’ for customers across the country and end the scourge of unqualifi ed people passing themselves off as electrical professionals. “We have been hugely encouraged by

the levels of support we have received, particularly cross-party

parliamentary support, and the impressive range of people who have publicly backed us through channels such as our Wall of Support.

“The result of this consultation is another enormously signifi cant advance and we would like to thank all those parties who took part.” The encouraging results were revealed to members of the parliamentary Electricians Working Group in a letter from Jamie Hepburn MSP, the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, who set up the consultation. Mr Hepburn’s letter revealed that, of the 100 responses, 40 were from organisations and 44 were from individuals, the majority of whom

were in favour of regulation. The minister now wants the Working Group to reconvene to discuss the responses and says that it will be the responsibility of whoever holds his offi ce after the Holyrood elections in May to decide the next steps. The results follow a previous consultation by Conservative MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston, which closed on 10 November last year and received more than

140 submissions, more than 90 per of which were positive.

Alan Wilson

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