If I want to put in or alter gas instalations at home or on my boat I am preveted from doing so either by direct prohibition or by prohibition on retailers supplying the equipment. If I want to instal or alter a mains electrical circuit in my kitchen or bathroom I must get my local authority or a professional electrician to check it at my expence.

These are both safety issues and I do not want to underplay the importance of safety. However in drawing up the recent regulations there was consultation with trade and safety organisations but no balancing representation of DIY interests because they do not exist. To a great extent, therefore, these regulations represent a restrictive practice.



Why is this idea important?

As an example, there is a gas replacement part which I need for my boat. Hitherto I have always carried a spare but now the supplier is forbidden to supply one. The spare costs about £2.50. If I need the spare in the middle of the country I have to contact a boat yard who may not be able to get one for at least 24 hours. If they already ave one I shall have to pay a call out charge plus labour' totalling perhaps £100 on top of the £2.50. The cost is disproportionate to the risk.

Such regulations originally applied to work done for payment. They should not apply to owners doing the work themselves on their own property.

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