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Public Bill Committee: 7 June 2011                     

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Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require energy companies to disclose any Green Deal payments on cus­

 

tomers’ energy bills.

 

Mr Gregory Barker

 

4

 

Clause  17,  page  14,  line  21,  at end insert ‘or nominated by a green deal provider’.

 


 

Tessa Munt

 

111

 

Clause  18,  page  14,  leave out lines 37 to 46.

 

Tessa Munt

 

112

 

Clause  18,  page  14,  line  46,  at end insert—

 

‘(2a)    

The modifications made by virtue of subsection (1) will, in particular—

 

(a)    

have particular regard to the interests of consumers who are one or more

 

of the following—

 

(i)    

disabled or chronically sick individuals;

 

(ii)    

individuals of pensionable age;

 

(iii)    

individuals on low income;

 

(iv)    

individuals with one or more resident children aged 16 or under;

 

(b)    

prevent disconnection of the supply to a Green Deal where—

 

(i)    

the bill payer is in financial difficulties and is complying with an

 

agreement, or reduced repayment plan, of which the Green Deal

 

is part;

 

(ii)    

the Green Deal charges were not disclosed to the purchases or

 

tenant by the seller and/or landlord and/or their agents;

 

(iii)    

the bill payer is in a legitimate dispute with the Green Deal

 

provider;

 

(iv)    

a failure in the metering system, including pre-payment and

 

smart-meter systems, results in a consumer being unable to make

 

Green Deal payments; or

 

(v)    

other circumstances as specified by the Secretary of State.’.

 


 

Mr Gregory Barker

 

46

 

Clause  19,  page  15,  line  15,  leave out from ‘for’ to end of line 17 and insert ‘one or

 

both of the following two purposes only.

 

(2A)    

The first purpose is the purpose of requiring, at specified times, the holder of the

 

licence to provide bill payers with specified information in connection with their

 

green deal plans.

 

(2B)    

The second purpose is the purpose of requiring the holder of the licence to

 

disclose on request specified information about the payment of energy bills by a

 

person who is, or is to be, the bill payer for a property in respect of which there

 

is, or is proposed to be, a green deal plan.


 
 

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(2C)    

The only persons to whom the licence holder may be required to disclose

 

information by virtue of subsection (2B) are—

 

(a)    

where there is a green deal plan, the green deal provider under the plan;

 

(b)    

where there is proposed to be a green deal plan, a person who is

 

authorised under the framework regulations to act as a green deal

 

provider.

 

(2D)    

The licence holder may be required to disclose the information requested only

 

where—

 

(a)    

the green deal provider or authorised person states that the request is

 

made for purposes connected with the green deal plan or proposed green

 

deal plan;

 

(b)    

the green deal provider or authorised person provides evidence that the

 

bill payer has consented to—

 

(i)    

disclosure of the information to that provider or person for those

 

purposes, and

 

(ii)    

onward disclosure of the disclosed information to and by other

 

other persons for those purposes;

 

(c)    

the information relates to a time within the 5 years immediately

 

preceding the request; and

 

(d)    

the licence holder has the information.’.

 

Mr Gregory Barker

 

47

 

Clause  19,  page  15,  line  18,  after ‘power’, insert ‘under subsection (1)’.

 

Mr Gregory Barker

 

48

 

Clause  19,  page  15,  line  19,  leave out ‘form’ and insert ‘manner or form, or subject

 

to specified requirements or restrictions’.

 

Mr Gregory Barker

 

49

 

Clause  19,  page  15,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

‘(4)    

Conditions included in a licence under section 7A(1) of the Gas Act 1986 by

 

virtue of the power under subsection (1) and the purpose mentioned in subsection

 

(2B) may do any of the things authorised by section 7B(5)(a)(i) or (iii) of that Act

 

(which applies to the power of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority with

 

respect to licence conditions under section 7B(4)(a)).

 

(5)    

Conditions included in a licence under section 6(1)(d) of the Electricity Act 1989

 

by virtue of the power under subsection (1) and the purpose mentioned in

 

subsection (2B) may do any of the things authorised by section 7(3)(a) or (c) or

 

(4) of that Act (which applies to the power of the Gas and Electricity Markets

 

Authority with respect to licence conditions under section 7(1)(a)).’.

 


 

Caroline Lucas

 

107

 

Clause  22,  page  16,  line  23,  leave out subsection 4 and insert—

 

‘(4)    

Modifications made under sections 17 to 20—

 

(a)    

shall be made by statutory instrument;


 
 

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(b)    

shall not be made unless a draft has been laid before and approved by

 

resolution of each House of Parliament.’

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would make all modifications to the Gas Act 1986 or the Electricity Act 1989 sub­

 

ject to the affirmative procedure in both Houses of Parliament.

 


 

Caroline Lucas

 

110

 

Page  19,  line  26,  leave out Clause 28.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This Clause would exempt an energy supplier from giving notice for sums in arrears in relation to

 

the Green Deal.

 


 

Luciana Berger

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

82

 

Clause  30,  page  20,  line  37,  at end insert—

 

‘(6A)    

Any order made by virtue of subsection (1) or (4)(b) must provide for—

 

(a)    

a single point of contact for energy services consumers seeking advice

 

and redress;

 

(b)    

exercising of functions across energy services sectors to resolve

 

consumer complaints involving one or more energy services; and

 

(c)    

sharing of complaints-handling data for the benefit of consumers, where

 

“energy services” include—

 

(i)    

accredited energy services advice, including energy performance

 

certificates and Green Deal advice services;

 

(ii)    

supply of energy or heating fuels, including gas;

 

(iii)    

energy efficiency services, including those delivered under the

 

green deal or energy company obligation;

 

(iv)    

smart metering services;

 

(v)    

microgeneration systems;

 

(vi)    

domestic renewable heat systems;

 

(vii)    

district heating services;

 

(viii)    

other specified services.’.

 


 

Mr Gregory Barker

 

5

 

Clause  33,  page  22,  line  1,   leave out ‘this section’ and insert ‘subsection (2)’.

 

Mr Gregory Barker

 

6

 

Clause  33,  page  22,  line  21,  at end insert ‘or, in Scotland, expenses’.


 
 

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Mr Gregory Barker

 

7

 

Clause  33,  page  22,  line  24,   leave out ‘this section’ and insert ‘subsection (2)’.

 

Mr Gregory Barker

 

8

 

Clause  33,  page  22,  line  25,   at end insert—

 

‘(5A)    

If the Scottish Ministers consider it appropriate for the purpose of, or in

 

consequence of, any provision falling within subsection (3)(a), (d), (f) or (g), they

 

may by regulations revoke or amend any subordinate legislation, or any provision

 

included in an instrument made under an Act of the Scottish Parliament, if the

 

provision making the revocation or amendment would be within the legislative

 

competence of the Scottish Parliament if it were included in an Act of that

 

Parliament.’.

 


 

Caroline Lucas

 

100

 

Clause  34,  page  22,  line  37,  after ‘about’, insert ‘energy plans or’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See explanatory statement relating to amendment 84.

 


 

Caroline Lucas

 

108

 

Clause  35,  page  22,  line  43,  leave out subsections 2 to 6 and insert—

 

‘(2)    

Before the Code is issued a draft of the code must be approved by resolution of

 

each House of Parliament.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would make the code of practice for the purposes of the Green Deal subject to the

 

affirmative procedure in both Houses of Parliament

 


 

Mr Gregory Barker

 

9

 

Clause  36,  page  23,  line  15,  after ‘Chapter’ insert ‘, other than those made by the

 

Scottish Ministers,’.

 

Caroline Lucas

 

109

 

Clause  36,  page  23,  line  17,  leave out subsections 3 to 5 and insert—

 

‘(3)    

A statutory instrument containing regulations or an order under this chapter shall

 

not be made unless a draft has been laid before, and approved by, resolution of

 

each House of Parliament.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would make any regulations or orders related to the Green Deal subject to the

 

affirmative procedure in both Houses of Parliament.


 
 

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Mr Gregory Barker

 

10

 

Clause  36,  page  23,  line  22,  leave out paragraph (b).

 

Mr Gregory Barker

 

11

 

Clause  36,  page  23,  line  23,   after ‘33’ insert ‘(2)’.

 

Mr Gregory Barker

 

12

 

Clause  36,  page  23,  line  29,  leave out subsection (6) and insert—

 

‘(6)    

Regulations under section 10(2), 14(7) or (8) or 15(4) are subject to the negative

 

procedure.’.

 

Mr Gregory Barker

 

13

 

Clause  36,  page  23,  line  30,  at end insert—

 

‘(6A)    

Regulations under section 33(5A) are subject to the affirmative procedure.’.

 

Mr Gregory Barker

 

50

 

Clause  36,  page  23,  line  44,  at end insert—

 

‘(8A)    

Before amending under section 9 a provision of the Building Regulations 2010

 

(S.I. 2010/2214), the Secretary of State must, if and so far as the function under

 

which the provision was made is exercisable by the Welsh Ministers, obtain their

 

consent.’.

 

Mr Gregory Barker

 

51

 

Clause  36,  page  24,  line  1,  leave out ‘Subsection (8) does’ and insert ‘Subsections

 

(8) and (8A) do’.

 

Mr Gregory Barker

 

52

 

Clause  36,  page  24,  line  6,  after ‘(8)’, insert ‘or (8A)’.

 

Luciana Berger

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

31

 

Clause  36,  page  24,  line  6,  at end add—

 

‘(12)    

Before making regulations or an order under this Chapter, the Secretary of State

 

must, after consultation with industry, trade unions and key stakeholders, provide

 

a plan for the recruitment and training of green deal assessors.’.

 

Luciana Berger

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

37

 

Clause  36,  page  24,  line  6,  at end add—


 
 

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‘(12)    

Before making regulations or an order under this Chapter, the Secretary of State

 

must report to Parliament with proposals on a specific Green Deal

 

apprenticeships programme.’.

 


 

Zac Goldsmith

 

128

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  38,  page  24,  line  22,  at end insert ‘or

 

(iv)    

classified as Service Family Accommodation.’.

 


 

Tessa Munt

 

122

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  40,  page  25,  line  32,  leave out subsection (1).

 

Luciana Berger

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

29

 

Clause  40,  page  25,  leave out lines 32 to 40.

 

Luciana Berger

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

30

 

Clause  40,  page  25,  line  41,  leave out ‘may make regulations’ and insert ‘shall

 

make regulations to come into force no later than 1 April 2016 setting a minimum energy

 

efficiency level for domestic PR properties and’.

 

Luciana Berger

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

121

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  40,  page  26,  line  13,  leave out ‘.’ and insert ‘, and

 

(c)    

provide for the establishment of a national or local register of domestic

 

PR properties for the purpose of distributing information relevant to this

 

Act to landlords of domestic PR properties and their tenants and for other

 

purposes relevant to this Act.’.

 

Tessa Munt

 

123

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  40,  page  26,  line  38,  leave out ‘2015’ and insert ‘2014’.

 


 

Tessa Munt

 

124

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  42,  page  27,  line  24,  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘shall’.


 
 

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Tessa Munt

 

125

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  42,  page  27,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Provision falling within subsection (1) includes, in particular, that where a notice

 

has been served under this section requiring a landlord to make relevant energy

 

effficiency improvements and that at the end of the period for compliance in the

 

notice, the landlord has failed to comply with the notice in whole or in part, the

 

local authority may enter the property and carry out relevant energy efficiency

 

improvements that the local authority considers necessary to ensure the domestic

 

PR property meets the minimum energy efficiency level and recover from the

 

landlord any costs and expenses reasonably incurred by it in doing so.’.

 


 

Tessa Munt

 

126

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  43,  page  28,  line  21,  leave out subsection (1).

 

Tessa Munt

 

127

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  43,  page  29,  line  12,  leave out ‘2015’ and insert ‘2014’.

 


 

Mr Gregory Barker

 

14

 

Clause  62,  page  43,  line  8,  leave out subsection (2).

 

Mr Gregory Barker

 

15

 

Clause  62,  page  43,  line  10,  leave out subsections (3) and (4) and insert—

 

‘(3)    

Orders under this Chapter are subject to the negative procedure.

 

(4)    

Regulations under this Chapter are subject to the affirmative procedure.’.

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Tessa Munt

 

115

 

Clause  64,  page  43,  line  34,  at end insert—

 

‘(baa)    

requiring the funding for this obligation to be equally available to any

 

Green Deal provider for installing energy efficiency improvements to

 

homes;’.

 

Tessa Munt

 

43

 

Clause  64,  page  44,  line  2,  at end insert ‘not to be limited to properties on which

 

there is to be a Green Deal Plan as defined under Part 1, Chapter 1, Clause 1,’.


 
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