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Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Thursday 11 April 2013

 

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Consideration of Bill


 

Energy Bill, As Amended

 

Energy contract rollovers for small businesses

 

Martin Horwood

 

Joan Walley

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Mr Mike Weir

 

NC5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Schedule [The Expert Panel] has effect.’.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Joan Walley

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Mr Mike Weir

 

NS1

 

To move the following Schedule:—

 

‘The Expert Panel

 

1          

Regulations shall establish a panel of experts (in this Act referred to as “the

 

Expert Panel”) in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (6) below.

 

Duty to consult

 

2    (1)  

Regulations made by virtue of paragraph 1 shall provide that before—

 

(a)    

any contracts for differences are entered into under Part 1; or

 

(b)    

any investment contracts are entered into under Schedule 3

 

            

the Secretary of State shall seek advice from, and the opinion of, the Expert

 

Panel in relation to the matters specified in sub-paragraph (2) below.

 

      (2)  

The matters in relation to which advice and opinion is to be sought from the

 

Expert Panel are—


 
 

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(a)    

any advice provided to the Secretary of State by the national system

 

operator;

 

(b)    

the financial and other terms on which it is proposed a contract for

 

difference or an investment contract be entered into;

 

(c)    

whether the agreed strike price (or equivalent) and the term of the

 

contract represents value for money for consumers; and

 

(d)    

whether, in all the circumstances, it is appropriate for the CFD

 

Counterparty to enter into the relevant contract.

 

      (3)  

Where the Secretary of State proposes to disregard in whole or in part any of

 

the advice or opinion provided by the Expert Panel, he shall be under a duty to

 

ensure the Expert Panel is provided with his reasons for disregarding or

 

disagreeing with the advice or opinion and place a copy of the reasoning in the

 

Library of the House.

 

3          

Regulations made by virtue of paragraph 1 shall also—

 

      (1)  

provide that it shall be the duty of the Secretary of State and the national

 

system operator to provide the Expert Panel with all such information as it may

 

require;

 

      (2)  

require the Expert Panel to provide the Authority and Parliament with details

 

of any advice and opinion provided under this Part;

 

      (3)  

require the Expert Panel to publish minutes of its meetings; and

 

      (4)  

permit the Expert Panel to publish such information as the Expert Panel thinks

 

fit about the advice it gives.

 

Membership etc. of the Expert Panel

 

4          

The members of the Expert Panel shall be appointed by the Secretary of State

 

and shall comprise a Chairman, a consumer representative, a representative of

 

the Committee on Climate Change, a representative of the Authority and such

 

other members as the Secretary of State may decide.

 

5    (1)  

In appointing persons to be members of the Expert Panel, the Secretary of State

 

must secure, so far as practicable, that the Expert Panel—

 

(a)    

is independent; and

 

(b)    

is comprised of technical, academic, economic, legal and such other

 

experts necessary to give the informed advice required.

 

      (2)  

The Expert Panel must not include any person who is—

 

(a)    

employed by an eligible generator, or who has been employed by an

 

eligible generator in the previous 12 months;

 

(b)    

employed by an electricity supplier, or who has been employed by an

 

electricity supplier in the previous 12 months; or

 

(c)    

employed by the national system operator.

 

      (3)  

The Chairman and every member of the Expert Panel—

 

(a)    

shall be appointed for a fixed period, specified in the terms of their

 

appointment, but shall be eligible for reappointment at the end of that

 

period;

 

(b)    

shall not serve on the Expert Panel for longer than eight years in total;

 

(c)    

may at any time be removed by a notice from the Expert Panel to the

 

Secretary of State following a majority vote.

 

Committees and other procedures of the Expert Panel

 

6          

The Expert Panel may make such arrangements as they think fit—

 

(a)    

for committees established by the Expert Panel to give advice to it

 

about carrying out the Expert Panel’s functions, providing such


 
 

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committees only include persons who are members of the Expert

 

Panel;

 

(b)    

for regulating its own procedure and for regulating the procedure of

 

committees established by them, including timescales of giving

 

advice, as it sees fit;

 

(c)    

as to quorums and the making of decisions by majority.’.

 


 
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