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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Tuesday 13 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This document includes all remaining amendments and includes any withdrawn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

 

8

 

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

 

9

 

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


 
 

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(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

 

10

 

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

 

2

 

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

 

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.

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

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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 report before the end of that calendar year on

 

further measures that can be taken to ensure that conditions are in place for

 

effective competition for domestic supply contracts.

 

(3B)    

The report under subsection (3A) must include, but is not limited to—

 

(a)    

the merits of establishing pooled trading arrangements which matches

 

energy sellers and buyers on the day-ahead and near-term markets; and

 

(b)    

the potential impact of such an arrangement on competition for domestic

 

supply contracts.”

 


 

Alan Brown

 

NC1

 

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.


 
 

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(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

 

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.

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

NC3

 

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

 

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.


 
 

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(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.

 

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.

 

 

Order of the Committee [13 March 2018]

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.25 am on Tuesday 13

 

March) meet—

 

(a)  

at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 13 March;

 

(b)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 15 March;

 

(2)  

the Committee shall hear oral evidence in accordance with the following

 

Table:


 
 

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      TABLE

 

Date

Time

Witness

 
 

Tuesday 13 March

Until no later than

Octopus Energy

 
  

10.15 am

Bulb Energy

 
   

Good Energy

 
 

Tuesday 13 March

Until no later than

Ofgem

 
  

10.45 am

  
 

Tuesday 13 March

Until no later than

Citizens Advice Bureau

 
  

11.25 am

Which?

 
   

National Energy Action

 
 

(3)  

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

 

conclusion at 5.00 pm on Thursday 15 March.

 


 

 

Revised 13 March 2018