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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 31 January 2013

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Energy Bill


 

[ElevenTH AND TwelfTH Sittings]


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Withdrawn  124

 

Clause  35,  page  21,  line  15,  at end add—

 

‘(4)    

The Secretary of State may not exercise the power in subsection (1) in such a way

 

that confers an advantage upon one land-based low-carbon generation technology

 

over another.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 36 Agreed to.

 


 

Tom Greatrex

 

Luciana Berger

 

Negatived on division  70

 

Clause  37,  page  23,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

‘(p)    

provision made by virtue of subsection (2)(j) must be in place for 36

 

months after regulations by virtue of section 2 are enacted.’.

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Luciana Berger

 

Not called  71

 

Clause  37,  page  27,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

regulations by virtue of this section must set out the circumstances in

 

which the Secretary of State may revoke the designation by virtue of

 

subsection (4).’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 



 
 

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Barry Gardiner

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Withdrawn  122

 

Clause  38,  page  39,  line  36,  leave out subsection (2) and insert—

 

‘(2)    

For generating stations constructed pursuant to a relevant consent given or made

 

on or after the date on which subsection (1) comes into force and prior to 1

 

January 2020, until (and including) 2029 the statutory rate of emissions is 450g/

 

kWh.

 

(2A)    

For generating stations constructed pursuant to a relevant consent given or made

 

on or after 1 January 2020, until (and including) 2034 the statutory rate of

 

emissions is 200g/kWh.’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Tom Greatrex

 

Luciana Berger

 

Not called  115

 

Schedule  4,  page  109,  line  37,  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘will’.

 

Barry Gardiner

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Not called  121

 

Schedule  4,  page  110,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

‘(iii)    

substantial pollution abatement equipment dealing with

 

oxides of sulphur, oxides of nitrogen, heavy metal emissions

 

or particles is fitted to the generating station.’.

 

Schedule Agreed to.

 


 

Clauses 39 and 40 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 5 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 41 and 42 Agreed to.

 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  4

 

Clause  43,  page  45,  line  6,  at end insert ‘, or under paragraph 6 of Schedule 3,’.

 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  5

 

Clause  43,  page  45,  line  13,  leave out ‘or 3’ and insert ‘, 3 or 5’.

 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  6

 

Clause  43,  page  45,  line  22,  leave out ‘under section 2 or 17’ and insert ‘of a kind

 

mentioned in subsection (1)’.


 
 

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Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  7

 

Clause  43,  page  45,  line  23,  after ‘25’, insert ‘or paragraph 19 of Schedule 3’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clauses 44 and 45 Agreed to.

 


 

Barry Gardiner

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Not called  123

 

Clause  46,  page  47,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘(f)    

Chapter 8 (Emissions Performance Standard).’.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Clauses 47 to 54 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 6 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 55 to 57 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 7 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 58 to 62 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 8 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 63 to 72 Agreed to.

 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  95

 

Clause  73,  page  63,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

advice given in a particular case.’.

 

Clause as amended, agreed to.

 

Clauses 74 to 79 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  100

 

Schedule  9,  page  143,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

‘   (1)  

Paragraph 2 does not prohibit a disclosure of protected information which is

 

made—


 
 

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(a)    

by the ONR, an inspector, a health and safety inspector or an ONR

 

inquiry official, and

 

(b)    

for any of the purposes specified in section 17(2)(a) to (d) of the Anti-

 

terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (criminal proceedings and

 

investigations).

 

      (2)  

Section 18 of that Act (restriction on disclosure of information for overseas

 

purposes) has effect in relation to a disclosure authorised by sub-paragraph (1)

 

as it has effect in relation to a disclosure authorised by any of the provisions to

 

which section 17 of that Act applies.’.

 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Clauses 80 to 85 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 10 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 86 to 90 Agreed to.

 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  96

 

Clause  91,  page  74,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In relation to any modification of a provision of, or made under, any of the

 

provisions of the Nuclear Installations Act 1965 that are relevant statutory

 

provisions, the power conferred by subsection (6)(a) includes power to extend the

 

modification to Northern Ireland for the purpose of ensuring that the text of the

 

provision is uniform throughout the United Kingdom (but does not include power

 

to alter the effect of the provision in relation to a site in Northern Ireland).’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  97

 

Clause  92,  page  74,  line  31,  leave out from beginning to end of line 34 and insert ‘,

 

in particular—

 

(a)    

provision modifying any provision made by—

 

(i)    

primary legislation passed before the end of the session in which

 

this Act was passed, or

 

(ii)    

an instrument made before the end of that session;

 

(b)    

provision for treating any regulations within subsection (1) as relevant

 

statutory provisions (or as relevant statutory provisions of a particular

 

description).

 

(2A)    

The regulations mentioned in subsection (2)(b) are regulations made under a

 

provision within subsection (2B) so far as they relate to, or to fees payable in

 

respect of functions which relate to, any of the following purposes—

 

(a)    

the nuclear safety purposes;

 

(b)    

the nuclear security purposes;

 

(c)    

the nuclear safeguards purposes;


 
 

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(d)    

the transport purposes.

 

(2B)    

The provisions mentioned in subsection (2A) are—

 

(a)    

section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 (general

 

implementation of Treaties);

 

(b)    

section 15 of the 1974 Act (health and safety regulations);

 

(c)    

section 43 of that Act (fees);

 

(d)    

section 3 of the Nuclear Safeguards Act 2000 (identifying persons who

 

have information);

 

(e)    

section 77 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001

 

(regulation of security of civil nuclear industry).’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clause 93 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 11 Agreed to.

 

Clause 94 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  101

 

Schedule  12,  page  155,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

in paragraph (b), after sub-paragraph (ii) insert—

 

“(iii)    

assigned to the Office of Rail

 

Regulation or the Office for Nuclear

 

Regulation for the purpose of

 

removing any uncertainty as to what

 

are by virtue of any of the relevant

 

statutory provisions their respective

 

responsibilities for the enforcement

 

of any of those provisions;”.’.

 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  102

 

Schedule  12,  page  159,  line  8,  leave out from ‘months’ to ‘or’ in line 9.

 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  103

 

Schedule  12,  page  166,  line  16,  at end insert—

 

‘Explosives Act 1875 (c. 17)

 

44A      

The Explosives Act 1875 is amended as follows.

 

44B      

In section 61 (keeping and carriage of samples by an inspector appointed by

 

the Health and Safety Executive under section 19 of the 1974 Act), at the end

 

insert the following paragraph—

 

“     

The reference to an inspector appointed by the Health and Safety

 

Executive under section 19 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act

 

1974 (“the 1974 Act”) is to be read, in relation to a relevant nuclear


 
 

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site, as a reference to an inspector appointed by the Office for Nuclear

 

Regulation under that section.

 

    

For this purpose a relevant nuclear site is one in relation to which the

 

Office for Nuclear Regulation has responsibility for the enforcement

 

of any of the relevant statutory provisions (within the meaning of Part

 

1 of the 1974 Act) by virtue of section 18(1A) or (2) of the 1974 Act.”

 

44C      

In section 74 (seizure and detention of explosives liable to forfeiture), after

 

subsection (6) insert the following paragraph—

 

“     

In this section, any reference to an inspector appointed by the Health

 

and Safety Executive under section 19 of the Health and Safety at

 

Work etc. Act 1974 (“the 1974 Act”) is to be read, in relation to

 

anything found on a relevant nuclear site, as a reference to an inspector

 

appointed by the Office for Nuclear Regulation under that section.

 

    

For this purpose a relevant nuclear site is one in relation to which the

 

Office for Nuclear Regulation has responsibility for the enforcement

 

of any of the relevant statutory provisions (within the meaning of Part

 

1 of the 1974 Act) by virtue of section 18(1A) or (2) of the 1974 Act.”

 

Factories Act 1961 (c. 34)

 

44D      

In section 176(1) of the Factories Act 1961 (general interpretation), in the

 

definition of “inspector”, for the words from “means” to “and references”

 

substitute “, in relation to a factory, means an inspector appointed under

 

section 19 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (“the 1974 Act”)—

 

(a)    

in the case of a factory on a site in relation to which the Office

 

for Nuclear Regulation has responsibility for the enforcement of

 

any of the relevant statutory provisions (within the meaning of

 

Part 1 of the 1974 Act) by virtue of section 18(1A) or (2) of that

 

Act, by the Office for Nuclear Regulation;

 

(b)    

in any other case, by the Health and Safety Executive,

 

and references” ’.

 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  104

 

Schedule  12,  page  167,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘Electricity Act 1989 (c. 29)

 

50A      

The Electricity Act 1989 is amended as follows.

 

50B(1)  

Section 3C (health and safety) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (1), for the words following “consult” substitute “—

 

(a)    

the Health and Safety Executive about all electricity safety

 

issues, and

 

(b)    

the Office for Nuclear Regulation about all electricity safety

 

issues relating to nuclear sites (within the meaning of Part 2 of

 

the Energy Act 2013),

 

    

which may be relevant to the carrying out of their respective functions

 

under this Part.”

 

      (3)  

In subsection (3), after “Health and Safety Executive” insert “or the Office for

 

Nuclear Regulation”.


 
 

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50C      

In section 56C (references to the Competition Commission), in subsection

 

(6)(c), after “Health and Safety Executive” insert “, the Office for Nuclear

 

Regulation”. ’.

 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  105

 

Schedule  12,  page  168,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 (c. 40)

 

58A(1)  

Section 37 of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 (power to repeal

 

certain health and safety provisions) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (1), after paragraph (b) insert—

 

“(ba)    

any of the relevant nuclear provisions,

 

(bb)    

any provision of regulations under section 54 of the Energy

 

Act 2013 which has effect in place of any of the relevant

 

nuclear provisions,”.

 

      (3)  

In subsection (2), after paragraph (ac) insert—

 

“(ad)    

in the case of regulations under paragraph (ba) or (bb) of that

 

subsection, the Office for Nuclear Regulation,”.

 

      (4)  

In subsection (7) for “or (b)” substitute “(b), (ba) or (bb)”.

 

      (5)  

In subsection (9)(a), for “or (b)” substitute “(b), (ba) or (bb)”.

 

      (6)  

After subsection (9) insert—

 

“(10)    

In subsection (1), “the relevant nuclear provisions” means—

 

(a)    

sections 1, 3 to 6, 22 and 24A of the Nuclear Installations Act

 

1965, and

 

(b)    

any regulations made under any of those sections,

 

    

so far as they have effect in England and Wales or Scotland.” ’.

 

Mr John Hayes

 

Agreed to  106

 

Schedule  12,  page  169,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

‘Energy Act 2004 (c. 20)

 

63A      

The Energy Act 2004 is amended as follows.

 

63B      

In section 14 (annual reports), in subsection (3)(g), after “with” insert “the

 

Office for Nuclear Regulation,”.

 

63C(1)  

Schedule 2 (procedural requirements applicable to NDA’s strategy) is

 

amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In paragraph 4(2) (consultation by NDA), before paragraph (a) insert—

 

“(za)    

the Office for Nuclear Regulation;”.

 

      (3)  

In paragraph 5(9) (approval of strategy), after paragraph (a) insert—

 

“(aa)    

the Office for Nuclear Regulation;”.

 

63D(1)  

Schedule 3 (procedural requirements applicable to NDA’s annual plans) is

 

amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In paragraph 2(1) (consultation by NDA), before paragraph (a) insert—

 

“(za)    

the Office for Nuclear Regulation;”.

 

      (3)  

In paragraph 3(8) (approval of annual plan), after paragraph (a) insert—

 

“(aa)    

the Office for Nuclear Regulation;”.’.


 
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