Carbon Monoxide (Detection and Safety) Bill (HC Bill 107)

A

BILL

TO

Make provision about requirements for carbon monoxide detectors; to make
provision about carbon monoxide safety; and for connected purposes.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Carbon monoxide safety: core function of fire and rescue authorities

(1) The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 is amended as follows.

(2) After section 6 (Fire safety) insert—

6A Carbon monoxide safety

(1) 5A fire and rescue authority in England must make provision for the
purpose of promoting carbon monoxide safety in its area.

(2) In making provision under subsection (1) a fire and rescue authority
must in particular, to the extent that it considers it reasonable to do so,
make arrangements for—

(a) 10the provision of information, publicity and encouragement in
respect of the steps to be taken to prevent carbon monoxide
poisoning and death or injury from carbon monoxide
poisoning;

(b) the giving of advice, on request, about—

(i) 15how to prevent the spilling of carbon monoxide in
buildings and other properties; and

(ii) installation of functioning carbon monoxide alarms,
including audible carbon monoxide alarms.”

2 Duty of Secretary of State to make carbon monoxide alarm regulations: rented
20dwellings

(1) The Secretary of State must, within 12 months of this Act receiving Royal
Assent, make carbon monoxide alarm regulations under section 150 of the
Energy Act 2013.

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(2) Regulations under subsection (1) must impose duties on relevant landlords to
install and maintain functioning audible carbon monoxide alarms in rented
dwellings which contain a gas, liquid or solid fuel burning combustion
appliance.

(3) 5In this section “relevant landlord” means a landlord in respect of a tenancy of
residential premises in England who is of a description specified in
regulations, including landlords that are registered providers of social housing
under the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008.

(4) Regulations made by the Secretary of State under subsection (3) are to be made
10by statutory instrument.

(5) Any statutory instrument containing regulations under subsection (3) shall be
subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of
Parliament.

3 Duty of Secretary of State to make carbon monoxide alarm regulations: newly
15built dwellings

(NONE) The Secretary of State must, within 12 months of this Act receiving Royal
Assent, make regulations under section 1 of the Building Act 1984 to require
the installation of functioning audible carbon monoxide alarms in newly built
dwellings in England which contain a gas, liquid or solid fuel burning
20combustion appliance.

4 Amendments to Schedule 4 to the Housing Act 2004

(1) Paragraph 1 of Schedule 4 to the Housing Act 2004 (licences under Parts 2 and
3: mandatory conditions) is amended as follows.

(2) For sub-paragraph (4A)(a) substitute—

(a) 25to ensure that an audible carbon monoxide alarm is installed in any
room in the house which is used wholly or partly as living
accommodation and contains a gas, liquid or solid fuel burning
combustion appliance.”

5 Extent, commencement and short title

(1) 30This Act extends to England and Wales.

(2) This Act comes into force at the end of the period of two months beginning
with the day on which this Act is passed.

(3) This Act may be cited as the Carbon Monoxide (Detection and Safety) Act 2018.