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New register no excuse for law breaking

Gas installers are being urged not to leave CORGI during the change over to a new registration scheme.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced on Wednesday that Capita is its preferred bidder for the new scheme tender with current provider CORGI only appointed reserve bidder.

Clive Dickin, chief executive of the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors, wrote in a comment on the switch to Capita should not encourage people to break the law.

It remains illegal to undertake work on gas fittings or appliances without being a member of an HSE approved scheme and CORGI will continue to oversee the existing system until April 2009.

Mr Dickin wrote: “We encourage anybody entering the industry to become a CORGI member, and we would discourage anyone who sees this as an opportunity to leave CORGI. This change must not be an excuse for any engineer operating illegally.'

The HSE is now entering detailed discussion with Capita with a view to finalising contracts by September.

Mr Dicken added: 'I would like to offer my congratulations to Capita and commiserations to CORGI. I would also congratulate the HSE for its management of what appears to have been a professionally-run, detailed and complex competition.

'The contractual negotiations that will take place over the next few months will bring a lot more details and as soon as they become available, we will provide advice and guidance to our members.”

For more on the announcement click here.