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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 21 November 2017

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Parliamentary Star - whiteAmendments which will comply with the required notice period at their next appearance

 

Amendments tabled since the last publication: 1 to 16 and NC1 to NC7

 

Smart Meters Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments tabled to date and includes any

 

withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been arranged in

 

accordance with the Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee.

 

 


 

Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee

 

The Programming Sub-Committee appointed by the Speaker in respect of the Bill

 

agreed the following Resolution at its meeting on Monday 20 November (Standing Order

 

83C):

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 21

 

November) meet—

 

(a)  

at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 21 November; 

 

(b)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 23 November;

 

(c)  

at 9.25 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 28 November;

 

(d)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 30 November;

 

(2)  

the Committee shall hear oral evidence in accordance with the following

 

Table:


 
 

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Smart Meters Bill, continued

 
 

TABLE

 

Date

Time

Witness

 
 

Tuesday 21

Until no later than

Energy UK; Utilita

 
 

November

10.10 am

  
 

Tuesday 21

Until no later than

Ofgem; Data Communications

 
 

November

10.40 am

Company

 
 

Tuesday 21

Until no later than

Secure Meters; Trillant

 
 

November

2.45 pm

  
 

Tuesday 21

Until no later than

Smart Energy GB; Citizens

 
 

November

3.15 pm

Advice Bureau

 
 

Tuesday 21

Until no later than

Dr Richard Fitton, University of

 
 

November

3.45 pm

Salford; Dr Sarah Darby,

 
   

Environmental Change Institute,

 
   

University of Oxford

 
 

(3)  

proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the

 

following order: Clauses 1 to 11; new Clauses; new Schedules; remaining

 

proceedings on the Bill;

 

(4)  

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

 

conclusion at 5.00 pm on Thursday 30 November.

 

Richard Harrington has given notice of his intention to move a motion in the terms of

 

the Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee [Standing Order No. 83C].

 


 

Richard Harrington

 

That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 


 

Richard Harrington

 

That, at this and any subsequent meeting at which oral evidence is to be heard, the

 

Committee shall sit in private until the witnesses are admitted.

 


 

Steve McCabe

 

Matt Western

 

1

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out “1 November 2023” and insert “31 December

 

2020”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would reduce the proposed extension of powers to align them with the planned

 

completion of the smart meter rollout.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 21 November 2017                  

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Smart Meters Bill, continued

 
 

Steve McCabe

 

Matt Western

 

12

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  after “23”, insert “, except in relation to SMETS1 meters”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would exclude the rollout of SMETS1 meters from the extended licence.

 

Steve McCabe

 

Matt Western

 

2

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  9,  leave out “1 November 2023” and insert “31 December

 

2020”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would reduce the proposed extension of powers to align them with the planned

 

completion of the smart meter rollout.

 

Steve McCabe

 

Matt Western

 

3

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  12,  leave out “1 November 2023” and insert “31 December

 

2020”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would reduce the proposed extension of powers to align them with the planned

 

completion of the smart meter rollout.

 

Steve McCabe

 

Matt Western

 

6

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

“(c)    

in section 56FA(3) after “including”, insert—

 

“, the supply of such meters to energy companies, the disposal of

 

old or malfunctioning meters and”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would allow the Secretary of State by order to add ‘the supplying of smart meters

 

to energy companies’ and the ‘disposal of old or malfunctioning smart meters’ to the list of

 

licensable activities.

 

Steve McCabe

 

Matt Western

 

4

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  16,  leave out “1 November 2023” and insert “31 December

 

2020”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would reduce the proposed extension of powers to align them with the planned

 

completion of the smart meter rollout.

 

Steve McCabe

 

Matt Western

 

5

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  19,  leave out “1 November 2023” and insert “31 December

 

2020”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would reduce the proposed extension of powers to align them with the planned

 

completion of the smart meter rollout.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 21 November 2017                  

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Smart Meters Bill, continued

 
 

Steve McCabe

 

Matt Western

 

7

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  19,  at end insert—

 

“(c)    

in section 41HA(3) after “including”, insert—

 

“, the supply of such meters to energy companies, the disposal of

 

old or malfunctioning meters and”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would allow the Secretary of State by order to add ‘the supplying of smart meters

 

to energy companies’ and the ‘disposal of old or malfunctioning smart meters’ to the list of

 

licensable activities.

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonnaire

 

13

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  21,  at end insert—

 

“(4A)    

The provisions set out in subsections (2) and (3) do not allow the Secretary of

 

State to remove any licensable activities presently enabled in respect of smart

 

meter communications or other activities.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment prevents the Secretary of State from using the extension of these powers to remove

 

currently licensable activities.

 


 

Steve McCabe

 

Matt Western

 

8

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  34,  after “efficiently”, insert “, transparently”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would make it an objective of the smart meter communication licensee

 

administration to operate in a way which would allow the general public to be aware of his

 

functions.

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonnaire

 

14

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  32,  at end insert “within the context of the full services

 

offered by the DCC”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires that any regulations about prioritisation of activities following the DCC

 

going into administration would have to take into account the context of the full services offered

 

by the DCC.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 21 November 2017                  

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Smart Meters Bill, continued

 
 

Steve McCabe

 

Matt Western

 

9

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

“(6A)    

Prior to making regulations under subsection (6), the Secretary of State shall

 

commission an independent cost benefit analysis of the Smart Meter Rollout and

 

shall lay the report of the analysis before each House of Parliament.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require that, before making regulations under subsection (6), the Secretary

 

of State must publish a cost benefit analysis.

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonnaire

 

15

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  33,  leave out subsection (7) and insert—

 

“(7)    

A statutory instrument containing regulations under this Act may not be made

 

unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before and approved by a resolution

 

of each House of Parliament.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would apply the affirmative procedure to regulations under Clause 3.

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonnaire

 

16

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  4,  page  4,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

“(ba)    

in paragraph 33(3), for “negative” substitute “affirmative”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would apply to affirmative procedure to the use of provisions of Schedule 20 of

 

the Energy Act 2004 under this Act.

 


 

Steve McCabe

 

Matt Western

 

10

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

“(aa)    

the public; and”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to consult the public before making a

 

modification to particular or standard conditions of gas or electricity licences when these powers

 

are being used in connection with the smart meter communication licensee administration

 

provisions.

 

Steve McCabe

 

Matt Western

 

11

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  6,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

“(15)    

Prior to making modifications under this section the Secretary of State shall

 

commission an independent evaluation on the potential impact the modifications


 
 

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Smart Meters Bill, continued

 
 

available to the Secretary of State to secure funding of smcl administration could

 

have on consumer energy prices and shall lay the report of the evaluation before

 

each House of Parliament.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require that, before considering modifications to ensure funding of smcl

 

administration, the Secretary of State must seek independent evaluation of the impact such

 

modifications would have on consumer energy prices.

 


 

New Clauses

 

Steve McCabe

 

Matt Western

 

NC1

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Review of smart meter rollout targets

 

(1)    

Within 3 months of this Act coming in to force, the Secretary of State must

 

prepare and publish a report on the progress of the smart meter rollout and lay a

 

copy of the report before Parliament.

 

(2)    

The report under subsection (1) shall consider—

 

(a)    

progress towards the 2020 completion target;

 

(b)    

smart meter installation cost;

 

(c)    

the number of meters operating in dummy mode;

 

(d)    

the overall cost to date of the DCC;

 

(e)    

the projected cost of the DCC; and

 

(f)    

such other matters as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would require the Secretary of State to publish details about the cost and progress

 

of the smart meter roll out, with reference to the 2020 deadline.

 


 

Steve McCabe

 

Matt Western

 

NC2

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Review of public awareness levels and satisfaction with smart meter rollout

 

(1)    

Within 3 months of this Act coming into force, the Secretary of State shall

 

commission an independent review of current public awareness of smart meter

 

rollout and public satisfaction with the rollout.

 

(2)    

The report under subsection (1) shall consider—

 

(a)    

the effectiveness of consultation between industry and the public about

 

the rollout process;

 

(b)    

the awareness among vulnerable groups of smart meter rollout;


 
 

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Smart Meters Bill, continued

 
 

(c)    

the satisfaction of the public, in particular vulnerable groups and people

 

living in rural areas, with the information available on smart meter

 

rollout.

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State must lay a copy of the report before Parliament and arrange

 

for an opportunity for the report to be debated within 6 weeks of the report being

 

laid.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would require the Secretary of State to commission an independent review of

 

public awareness and satisfaction of smart meter rollout and for the review to be debated in the

 

House of Commons.

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonnaire

 

NC3

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Ownership restrictions to successor licensees

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State may impose conditions on to the future DCC successor

 

licensee as appropriate.

 

(2)    

Conditions in subsection (1) may include restrictions to British owned companies

 

subject to the expiry of any contrary obligations under EU or retained EU law, as

 

defined in the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause allows the Secretary of State to restrict future DCC successor licensees to British

 

owned companies.

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Thangam Debbonnaire

 

NC4

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Conditions of extension of time for exercise of powers

 

(1)    

Prior to making any directions during the extended time period provided for in

 

section 1, the Secretary of State shall commission a review which shall

 

consider—

 

(a)    

data access and privacy issues arising from the smart meter rollout,

 

(b)    

the benefits realised during the smart meter rollout and the scope for

 

greater benefits to be realised,

 

(c)    

the effectiveness of the policy framework for future smart metering

 

operations.


 
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