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Barry Sheerman MP, chair of the APPCOG, continues to push for greater CO safety abroad in Parliament

Barry Sheerman MP, chair of the APPCOG, continues to push for greater CO safety abroad in Parliament

24th April 2017

The Member of Parliament for Huddersfield and long-time supporter of greater carbon monoxide awareness and the APPCOG has continued to demonstrate his support and effort in keeping CO safety on the Parliamentary agenda. Barry Sheerman MP has recently submitted a number of Parliamentary questions to both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, highlighting the continued need for action.

Barry’s questions which he submitted and must be answered by a Government minister included:

“To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will set out the Government's position on the promotion of carbon monoxide safety for people travelling abroad.” (Please click here to see the Minister’s answer).

“To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will maker it his policy to encourage travellers to bring a carbon monoxide alarm with them when travelling abroad.” (Please click here to see the Minister’s answer).

“To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that travel companies comply with the recommendations of the 2015 independent inquiry into customer health, safety, welfare, relations and crisis management of Thomas Cook.” (Please click here to see the Minister’s answer).

Barry, who has been the Labour and Co-op MP for Huddersfield since 1979, first became involved with carbon monoxide when one of his constituents, Stacey Rodgers, lost her son to carbon monoxide poisoning in 2004 due to a faulty boiler in a neighbour’s house. Since then, Barry has been instrumental in keeping CO related-issues on the Parliamentary agenda. As well as regularly attending All Fuels Action Forum meetings, he often chairs APPCOG events, campaigns and report launches in Parliament.

APPCOG and All Fuels Action Forum have recently established the Carbon Monoxide Awareness and Safety in Travel and Tourism (COAST) Group. This group is made up of leading bodies in the travel industry, including Thomas Cook, ABTA, TUI, EasyJet, Kuoni and the Safer Tourism Foundation and aims to bring them all together to agree on and support greater protection of British tourists whilst abroad from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.