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House of Commons

 
 

Wednesday 4 December 2013

 

Consideration of Lords Amendments

 

Energy Bill


 

On Consideration of Lords Amendments to the Energy Bill

 


 

Note

 

The amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Energy Bill

 

(Programme) (No. 3) motion to be proposed by Secretary Edward Davey.

 


 

Lords Amendment No. 105

 

Secretary Edward Davey

 

To move, That this House disagrees with the Lords in their Amendment.

 

 


 

Lords Amendment No. 76

 

As an Amendment to the Lords Amendment:—

 

Caroline Lucas

 

(a)

 

Line  8,  at end add—

 

‘(g)    

provision for requiring a licence holder to provide information to

 

domestic customers on—

 

(i)    

the sources of the licence holder’s electricity in the form of a

 

percentage breakdown of the proportion of electricity derived

 

from gas, coal, nuclear, total brown, renewable and other sources


 
 

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for each of the previous three years, alongside the current

 

national average proportion for each source, and

 

(ii)    

UK corporation tax paid by the licence holder in each of the

 

previous three years as a total amount and as a percentage of

 

company profits.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would allow the Secretary of State to require licence holders to provide domestic

 

customers with information on the sources of electricity and the national average and on UK

 

corporation tax paid over the past three years as a total and as a proportion of profits, to allow

 

comparison.

 

 


 

Lords Amendment No. 87

 

As Amendments to the Lords Amendment:—

 

Chris Williamson

 

Ian Lavery

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Sandra Osborne

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

John McDonnell

 

Graeme Morrice

 

Steve Rotherham

 

Mr Michael Meacher

 

Ian Mearns

 

Grahame M. Morris

 

John Cryer

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Valerie Vaz

 

Jim Dobbin

 

Joan Walley

 

Frank Dobson

 

(a)

 

Line  10,  leave out ‘a target date for achieving the objective’ and insert—

 

‘(a)    

that low income households must not live in a E-, F-, or G- rated house

 

by 2020;

 

(b)    

that low income households must not live in a D- or C- rated house by

 

2030;

 

(c)    

that no fuel poor household should face a fuel poverty gap that is 10 per

 

cent. higher than the median required fuel costs for all households.

 

(d)    

that the Secretary of State will set further targets beyond 2030 in line with

 

the requirements of the 2008 Climate Change Act to reduce greenhouse

 

gas emissions by 80 per cent. from the 1990 baseline.

 

( )    

In this section—

 

(a)    

“required fuel costs” refers to the expenditure on fuel a household would

 

need to spend to maintain adequate warmth and meet their other energy

 

needs;

 

(b)    

“fuel poverty gap” refers to the difference between the required fuel costs

 

of a fuel poor household and the median costs for all households and the

 

higher the gap, the more severe the fuel poverty experience by a

 

household;

 

(c)    

“low income” refers to households with an income less than 60 per cent.

 

of the median.’.


 
 

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Caroline Flint

 

Jonathan Reynolds

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Julie Elliott

 

(g)

 

Line  10,  leave out ‘a target date for achieving the objective’ and insert ‘targets for

 

2020 and 2030 for achieving energy efficiency improvement of dwellings of

 

low income households and for the reduction of total numbers of the fuel poor,

 

leading to the eradication of fuel poverty’.

 

Chris Williamson

 

Ian Lavery

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Sandra Osborne

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

John McDonnell

 

Graeme Morrice

 

Steve Rotherham

 

Mr Michael Meacher

 

Ian Mearns

 

Grahame M. Morris

 

John Cryer

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Valerie Vaz

 

Jim Dobbin

 

Joan Walley

 

Caroline Flint

 

Jonathan Reynolds

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Julie Elliott

 

(b)

 

Line  35,  leave out ‘from time to time’ and insert ‘at least every two years’.

 

Chris Williamson

 

Ian Lavery

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Sandra Osborne

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

John McDonnell

 

Graeme Morrice

 

Steve Rotherham

 

Mr Michael Meacher

 

Ian Mearns

 

Grahame M. Morris

 

John Cryer

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Valerie Vaz

 

Jim Dobbin

 

Joan Walley

 

(c)

 

Line  39,  at end insert ‘if in his opinion the objectives are unlikely to be met by

 

the target dates, provided that any such revision does not lessen the objectives

 

or extend the target dates.’.

 

Chris Williamson

 

Ian Lavery

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Sandra Osborne

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

John McDonnell

 

Graeme Morrice

 

Steve Rotherham

 

Mr Michael Meacher

 

Ian Mearns

 

Grahame M. Morris

 

John Cryer

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Valerie Vaz

 

Jim Dobbin

 

Joan Walley

 

(d)

 

Leave out line 40 and insert—

 

‘(c)    

publish a report within six months of any such assessment.’.


 
 

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Chris Williamson

 

Ian Lavery

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Sandra Osborne

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

John McDonnell

 

Graeme Morrice

 

Steve Rotherham

 

Mr Michael Meacher

 

Ian Mearns

 

Grahame M. Morris

 

John Cryer

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Valerie Vaz

 

Jim Dobbin

 

Joan Walley

 

Caroline Flint

 

Jonathan Reynolds

 

Tom Greatrex

 

Julie Elliott

 

(e)

 

Line  40,  at end insert—

 

‘(5A)    

Reports under subsection (5) shall also include an assessment by the Secretary of

 

State of the impact and projected impact of implementation of the strategy on—

 

(a)    

the mortality and morbidity rates and health needs of persons living in

 

fuel poverty;

 

(b)    

the cost of cold-related illness to the National Health Service and wider

 

economy;

 

(c)    

the level of debt as a result of energy bills, and the number of unpaid bills;

 

(d)    

any change in the number of jobs created and supported as a result of

 

implementing the strategy;

 

(e)    

emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from fuel poor

 

households;

 

(f)    

the average and aggregate fuel poverty gap faced by households and

 

persons living in fuel poverty; and

 

(g)    

the number of children in fuel poverty.’.

 

Chris Williamson

 

Ian Lavery

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Sandra Osborne

 

Yasmin Qureshi

 

John McDonnell

 

Graeme Morrice

 

Steve Rotherham

 

Mr Michael Meacher

 

Ian Mearns

 

Grahame M. Morris

 

John Cryer

 

Caroline Lucas

 

Valerie Vaz

 

Jim Dobbin

 

Joan Walley

 

(f)

 

Line  40,  at end insert—

 

‘(5B)    

For the purposes of allowing a comparative assessment of progress in addressing

 

fuel poverty, assessments under this section must include, until at least 2018, the

 

extent of fuel poverty as measured according to the definition set pursuant to the

 

Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000.’.

 

 


 
 

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Energy Bill, continued

 
 

Order of the House [19 DecEMBER 2012]

 

That the following provisions shall apply to the Energy Bill:

 

Committal

 

1.    

The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

 

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

 

2.    

Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously

 

concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 12 February 2013.

 

3.    

The Public Bill Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on

 

which it meets.

 

Consideration and Third Reading

 

4.    

Proceedings on Consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the

 

day on which those proceedings are commenced.

 

5.    

Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

 

6.    

Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to

 

proceedings on Consideration and Third Reading.

 

Other proceedings

 

7.    

Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on

 

consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the

 

Lords) may be programmed.

 

 

Energy Bill (Programme) (NO. 3)

 

Secretary Edward Davey

 

That the following provisions shall apply to the Energy Bill for the purpose of

 

supplementing the Order of 19 December 2012 in the last Session of Parliament (Energy

 

Bill (Programme)) and the Order of 3 June 2013 (Energy Bill (Programme) (No. 2)):

 

Consideration of Lords Amendments

 

1.    

Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not

 

previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion three hours after their

 

commencement at today’s sitting.

 

2.    

The proceedings shall be taken in the order shown in the first column of the

 

following Table.

 

3.    

The proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a

 

conclusion at the times specified in the second column of the Table.

 

TABLE

 

Lords Amendments

Time for conclusion of proceedings

 
 

No. 105

90 minutes after the commencement of

 
  

proceedings on consideration of Lords

 
  

Amendments

 
 

Nos. 1 to 104 and 106 to 113

Three hours after the commencement of

 
  

those proceedings

 

 
 

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Subsequent stages

 

4.    

Any further Message from the Lords may be considered forthwith without

 

any question being put.

 

5.    

The proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not

 

previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their

 

commencement.

 


 
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