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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Thursday 26 April 2018

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Consideration of Bill (Report Stage)


 

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withdrawn amendments at the end.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.

 

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Rebecca Long Bailey

 

Gill Furniss

 

Bill Esterson

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Ongoing relative tariff differential

 

(1)    

The Secretary of State may, 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).


 
 

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(4)    

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

 

conditions.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This new clause would allow the Secretary of State to develop requirements in relation to a

 

differential between the cheapest and most expensive rates offered by suppliers, to be put into effect

 

after the termination of the tariff cap.

 

 


 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Rebecca Long Bailey

 

Barry Gardiner

 

Gill Furniss

 

Caroline Flint

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  3,  leave out “after this Act is” and insert “, and within five

 

months of this Act being”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Authority to insert the standard supply licence conditions

 

within five months of Royal Assent.

 

John Penrose

 

Stephen Kerr

 

Mark Pawsey

 

Dame Caroline Spelman

 

John Redwood

 

Nick Herbert

Tim Loughton

George Freeman

Andrew Lewer

Mr William Wragg

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

Mark Menzies

Neil Parish

Julian Sturdy

Gordon Henderson

Derek Thomas

 

2

 

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Clause  1,  page  1,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

“(1A)    

A cap imposed by tariff cap conditions shall be calculated so as to require that the

 

difference between the cheapest advertised tariff and the most expensive standard

 

variable or default tariff offered by a holder of a supply licence is no more than a

 

specified proportion of the cheapest advertised tariff.

 

(1B)    

The proportion under subsection (1A) shall be specified by the tariff cap

 

conditions.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the tariff cap to be calculated with reference to the difference

 

between supplier’s cheapest tariff and most expensive variable or default rate.


 
 

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John Penrose

 

Stephen Kerr

 

Mark Pawsey

 

Dame Caroline Spelman

 

John Redwood

 

Nick Herbert

Tim Loughton

George Freeman

Andrew Lewer

Mr William Wragg

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

Mark Menzies

Neil Parish

Julian Sturdy

Gordon Henderson

Derek Thomas

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“(c)    

“cheapest advertised rate” means the lowest rate or amount charged for,

 

or in relation to, the supply of gas or electricity under any contract

 

available to the customer.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is consequential to Amendment 2 and provides a definition of “cheapest

 

advertised rate”.

 

John Penrose

 

Stephen Kerr

 

Mark Pawsey

 

Dame Caroline Spelman

 

John Redwood

 

Nick Herbert

Tim Loughton

George Freeman

Andrew Lewer

Mr William Wragg

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

Mark Menzies

Neil Parish

Julian Sturdy

Gordon Henderson

Derek Thomas

 

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

 

“(e)    

the ability of the Authority to accurately forecast and model wholesale

 

energy prices, and the need to minimise the impact of inaccuracies on

 

domestic customers and holders of supply licences in the future.

 

(f)    

the difference between the cheapest advertised rate and the most

 

expensive standard variable or default rate offered by a holder of a supply

 

licence.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would extend the matters Ofgem is required to consider when setting the tariff cap

 

to include the matters listed in the amendment.

 

Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Rebecca Long Bailey

 

Chi Onwurah

 

Bambos Charalambous

 

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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”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Authority to ensure that the tariff cap conditions result in

 

customers on standard variable and default rates having their annual expenditure reduced by no

 

less than £100.


 
 

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Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Rebecca Long Bailey

 

Laura Pidcock

 

Bill Esterson

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

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

 

“(e)    

the need to ensure that adequate protection exists for vulnerable domestic

 

customers, including ensuring those customers who currently benefit

 

under a cap imposed by the Authority on rates or amounts charged for, or

 

in relation to, the supply of gas or electricity because they appear to the

 

Authority to be vulnerable, retain those benefits.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would require the Authority to have regard to the protection of vulnerable

 

customers, including ensuring those who currently benefit under a safeguard tariff continue to do

 

so.

 

Rachel Reeves

 

Mark Pawsey

 

Antoinette Sandbach

 

Stephen Kerr

 

Drew Hendry

 

Anna Turley

Peter Kyle

Albert Owen

Vernon Coaker

Wes Streeting

Stella Creasy

Gareth Snell

Ruth Smeeth

Ann Coffey

Stephen Doughty

Liz Kendall

Darren Jones

Luciana Berger

Chuka Umunna

Emma Reynolds

Catherine McKinnell

Rushanara Ali

Stephen Kinnock

Mr Pat McFadden

Graham P Jones

Phil Wilson

David Hanson

Mary Creagh

Ellie Reeves

 

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

 

“(e)    

the need to ensure that adequate protection exists for—

 

(i)    

customers who benefit from a cap imposed by the Authority on

 

rates or amounts charged for, or in relation to, the supply of gas

 

or electricity on the basis that they appear to the Authority to be

 

vulnerable;

 

(ii)    

in circumstances where a cap described in sub-paragraph (i) has

 

been withdrawn, customers who would have benefited from such

 

a cap had it still been in force; and

 

(iii)    

other vulnerable domestic customers.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment would ensure that when exercising its functions under this section, the Authority

 

must have regard to protection for vulnerable customers, including those who are protected or (in

 

circumstances where it is no longer in force) would have been protected by a safeguard tariff.

 



 
 

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Dr Alan Whitehead

 

Rebecca Long Bailey

 

Chi Onwurah

 

Barry Gardiner

 

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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,

 

(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.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment sets out additional matters that the Authority must have regard to when

 

conducting a review of competition for domestic supply contracts.

 

Frank Field

 

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Parliamentary Star - white    

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

 

“—

 

(a)    

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

 

customers; and

 

(b)    

holders of supply licences are using available data, whether collected

 

through smart meters or through other means, to—

 

(i)    

assess the energy consumption patterns of domestic customers;

 

and

 

(ii)    

use such data to identify, and move domestic customers onto, the

 

most competitive tariff.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment requires Ofgem to consider the progress made by energy companies in offering

 

domestic customers the cheapest available rate based on their individual consumption patterns

 

when determining whether there is an effective market.

 

 

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.


 
 

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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.

 

 

NOTICES WITHDRAWN

 

The following Notices were withdrawn on 26 April 2018:

 

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Revised 26 April 2018