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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Wednesday 31 January 2018

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Amendments tabled since the last publication: 1 to 3 and NC1 to NC6

 

Consideration of Bill (Report Stage)


 

Smart Meters Bill, As Amended


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments tabled to date and includes any

 

withdrawn amendments at the end.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

 

order in which they relate to the Bill.

 

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Rebecca Long Bailey

 

Steve McCabe

 

NC1

 

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.


 
 

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(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 would allow the Secretary of State to restrict future DCC successor licensees to

 

British owned companies.

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Rebecca Long Bailey

 

Steve McCabe

 

NC2

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Review: Use of powers to support technical development

 

(1)    

Within 12 months of this Act coming into force, the Secretary of State shall

 

commission a review which shall consider how the extended use of powers

 

provided for in section 1 will support the technical development of smart meters,

 

with reference to—

 

(a)    

alternative solutions for Home Area Network connections where

 

premises are not able to access the HAN using existing connection

 

arrangements,

 

(b)    

hard to reach premises.

 

(2)    

The Secretary shall lay the report of the review in subsection (1) before each

 

House of Parliament.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would require the Secretary of State to review how the extension of powers will

 

support technical development of smart meters.

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Rebecca Long Bailey

 

Steve McCabe

 

NC3

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Review: Use of powers to support rollout of smart meters

 

(1)    

Within 12 months of this Act coming into force, the Secretary of State shall

 

commission a review which shall consider how the extended use of powers

 

provided for in section 1 will support the rollout of smart meters, with reference

 

to—

 

(a)    

providing for efficient removal and disposal of old meters,

 

(b)    

reviewing the exemptions for smaller suppliers from a legally binding

 

requirement to roll out smart meters.


 
 

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(2)    

The Secretary of State shall lay the report of the review in subsection (1) before

 

each House of Parliament.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would require the Secretary of State to review how the extension of powers

 

supports the rollout of smart meters.

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Rebecca Long Bailey

 

Steve McCabe

 

NC4

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Review of smart meter rollout targets

 

(1)    

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

 

prepare and publish a report and a cost benefit analysis relating to the Smart Meter

 

Implementation programme 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 rollout with reference to the 2020 deadline.

 


 

Steve McCabe

 

Grahame Morris

 

NC5

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Requirement on suppliers to provide information on cost of smart meter

 

programme to consumers

 

(1)    

The Energy Act 2008 is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

At the end of section 88(3) (power to amend licence conditions etc: smart meters),

 

insert—

 

“(m)    

provision requiring the holder of a supply licence to include

 

information with consumer bills on the cost to consumers of the

 

Smart Meter Implementation Programme.””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would allow the Secretary of State by order to amend licence conditions so that


 
 

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energy suppliers are required to include the cost to the customer of the Smart Meter Programme

 

in all customer energy bills for the period covered by the energy bill.

 


 

Steve McCabe

 

Grahame Morris

 

NC6

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Smart Meter Implementation Programme: review of cost to consumers

 

(1)    

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

 

commission an independent review of the cost to the consumer of the Smart

 

Meter Implementation Programme.

 

(2)    

The review under subsection (1) shall include—

 

(a)    

a breakdown of the costs to consumers of component parts of the Smart

 

Meters Implementation Programme including the cost of the DCC;

 

(b)    

the potential benefits to consumers of information on the cost of the

 

Smart Meter Implementation Programme being included on energy bills

 

and statements;

 

(c)    

a longitudinal estimate of the cost to consumers to date and the projected

 

future cost of the Programme; and

 

(d)    

such other matters as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State must lay a report of this review before both Houses of

 

Parliament as soon as practicable after its completion.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

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

 

cost to the consumer of the Smart Meter Implementation Programme that must consider the

 

potential benefits to consumers of including a summary of the cost on their energy bills and

 

statements.

 

 


 

Steve McCabe

 

Grahame Morris

 

2

 

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 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” to the list of licensable activities.


 
 

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Steve McCabe

 

Grahame Morris

 

3

 

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 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” to the list of licensable activities.

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Rebecca Long Bailey

 

Steve McCabe

 

1

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  6,  line  27,  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

 

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.

 

 

Order of the House [24 OCTOBER 2017]

 

That the following provisions shall apply to the Smart Meters 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 Thursday 30 November.

 

3.    

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

 

which it meets.

 

Proceedings on Consideration and up to and including Third Reading

 

4.    

Proceedings on Consideration and any proceedings in legislative grand

 

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

 

conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which

 

proceedings on Consideration 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.


 
 

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6.    

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

 

proceedings on Consideration and up to and including Third Reading.

 

Other proceedings

 

7.    

Any other proceedings on the Bill may be programmed.

 


 

 

Revised 31 January 2018