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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Friday 9 March 2018

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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

 

Public Bill Committee


 

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill


 

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withdrawn amendments at the end.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.

 


 

Claire Perry

 

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

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 

 


 

Claire Perry

 

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.

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  3,  leave out “after this Act is passed” and insert “and no later

 

than 30 November 2018”


 
 

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Dr Alan Whitehead

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

“(e)    

the need to ensure that customers on standard variable and default rates

 

have their annual expenditure on gas and electricity reduced by no less

 

than £100 as a result of the tariff cap conditions, and

 

(f)    

the need to ensure that adequate protection exists for vulnerable and

 

domestic customers, including those customers protected by the

 

safeguard tariff.”

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  17,  after “Authority” insert “wholly”

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

6

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  6,  page  4,  line  31,  leave out “6” and insert “3”

 


 

Alan Brown

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  7,  page  4,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

The Secretary of State shall within six months of the passing of this Act publish

 

a statement outlining the criteria that is to be used by the Authority in the review

 

to assess whether conditions are in place for effective competition for domestic

 

supply contracts.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to outline the criteria that shall be used by

 

Ofgem when assessing whether conditions are in place for effective competition for domestic

 

supply contracts.

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  7,  page  4,  line  39,  leave out from “must” to end of line 40 and insert “have

 

regard to the extent to which—

 

(a)    

progress has been made in installing smart meters for use by domestic

 

customers,

 

(b)    

incentives for holders of energy supply licences to improve their

 

efficiency have been created,

 

(c)    

holders of energy supply licences are able to compete effectively for

 

domestic supply contracts,

 

(d)    

incentives for domestic customers to switch to different supply contracts

 

are in place,

 

(e)    

the barriers which prevent the customers from switching from different

 

supply contracts quickly and easily are addressed,


 
 

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(f)    

holders of supply licences who operate efficiently are able to finance

 

activities authorised by the licence,

 

(g)    

holders of supply licences have eliminated practices that are to the

 

detriment of customers in their tariff structures,

 

(h)    

District Network Operator costs and dividends are proportionate to

 

expectations and the impact of that on domestic supply contracts, and

 

(i)    

vulnerable and disabled customers are adequately protected.”

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  8,  page  5,  line  21,  leave out from beginning of line to end of line 24 and

 

insert “—

 

(a)    

the statement published by the Secretary of State in that year under

 

section 7 is to the effect that the conditions are not yet in place for

 

effective competition for domestic supply contracts, or

 

(b)    

effective competition does not exist for vulnerable or disabled domestic

 

customers,

 

    

in which case the tariff cap conditions have effect for the year 2021.”

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  8,  page  5,  line  26,  leave out from “unless” to end of line 29 and insert “—

 

(a)    

the statement published by the Secretary of State in that year under

 

section 7 is to the effect that the conditions are not yet in place for

 

effective competition for domestic supply contracts, or

 

(b)    

effective competition does not exist for vulnerable or disabled domestic

 

customers,

 

    

in which case the tariff cap conditions have effect for the year 2022.”

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  8,  page  5,  line  31,  leave out from “unless” to second “in” in line 33 and

 

insert “—

 

(a)    

the statement published by the Secretary of State in that year under

 

section 7 is to the effect that the conditions are not yet in place for

 

effective competition for domestic supply contracts, or

 

(b)    

effective competition does not exist for vulnerable or disabled domestic

 

customers,”

 

Alan Brown

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  8,  page  5,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

“(3A)    

In the case that the tariff cap is extended to have effect for the year 2023, the

 

Secretary of State must publish a statement before the end of that calendar year

 

outlining whether the Secretary of State considers it appropriate to introduce

 

further legislation to introduce a new tariff cap to have effect beyond the date

 

outlined in this Act.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require, in the event that the tariff is extended until 2023, the Secretary of


 
 

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State to publish a statement outlining whether he or she considers it appropriate to bring forward

 

further legislation to introduce a new tariff cap to have effect beyond 2023.

 


 

Alan Brown

 

NC1

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Duty to consider the needs of vulnerable and disabled domestic customers

 

(1)    

When exercising its duties under section 1, the Authority must have regard to—

 

(a)    

the need to protect vulnerable and disabled domestic customers, and

 

(b)    

the needs of domestic customers protected by the Authority’s safeguard

 

tariff at the date the cap outlined in section 1 comes into force.

 

(2)    

When exercising their duties under sections 7 and 8, the Authority and the

 

Secretary of State must have regard to—

 

(a)    

whether effective competition exists for vulnerable and disabled

 

customers, and

 

(b)    

additional protection in place for vulnerable and disabled customers.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause requires the Secretary of State and the Authority to have regard for vulnerable

 

and disabled customers when exercising their powers in setting, reviewing and terminating the

 

cap.

 


 

Alan Brown

 

NC2

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Duty to consider the needs of customers in rural areas

 

(1)    

When exercising its duties under section 1, the Authority must have regard to the

 

need to protect customers in rural areas.

 

(2)    

When exercising their duties under sections 7 and 8, the Authority and the

 

Secretary of State must have regard to—

 

(a)    

whether effective competition exists for customers in rural areas, and

 

(b)    

additional protection in place for customers in rural areas.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause requires the Secretary of State and the Authority to have regard for customers in

 

rural areas when exercising their powers in setting, reviewing and terminating the cap.

 



 
 

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Dr Alan Whitehead

 

NC3

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Assessment of extension of the tariff cap to small businesses

 

(1)    

Within three months of the passing of this Act, the Secretary of State shall lay a

 

report before each House of Parliament assessing the merits of extending the

 

tariff cap to small business customers.”

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

NC4

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Ongoing relative tariff differential

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State shall, during the term of the tariff cap conditions being in

 

place, develop, ready for implementation, a relative tariff differential.

 

(2)    

A relative tariff differential is a requirement on supply licence holders that the

 

difference between the cheapest advertised rate and the most expensive standard

 

variable or default rate shall be no more than a specified proportion of the

 

cheapest advertised rate.

 

(3)    

The Authority will be responsible for setting the proportion referred to in

 

subsection (2).

 

(4)    

The relative tariff differential shall take effect on the termination of the tariff cap

 

conditions.”

 

 

Order of the House [6 March 2018]

 

That the following provisions shall apply to the Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff

 

Cap) 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 15 March 2018.

 

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 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 09 March 2018