Amendments proposed to the Utilities Bill - continued House of Commons

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Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Christopher Fraser

329

Clause     75,     page     80,     line     36,     at end insert:—

      '(aa) that, having regard to all the circumstances, it was unreasonable for the Authority to impose a penalty or a penalty of the amount so imposed;'.


   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Christopher Fraser

330

Clause     97,     page     105,     line     27,     leave out 'has contravened or is contravening' and insert 'is contravening or has contravened and is likely again to contravene'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

259

Clause     97,     page     105,     line     27,     after 'contravened', insert 'and is likely again to contravene'.

   

Mrs Helen Liddell

358

Clause     97,     page     105,     line     28,     at end insert ', or what is deemed by virtue of section 27N or 46G(10) to be such a condition'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Christopher Fraser

331

Clause     97,     page     105,     line     29,     leave out 'has contravened or is contravening' and insert 'is contravening or has contravened and is likely again to contravene'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

260

Clause     97,     page     105,     line     29,     after 'contravened', insert 'and is likely again to contravene'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Christopher Fraser

332

Clause     97,     page     105,     line     32,     leave out 'has failed or is failing' and insert 'is failing or has failed and is likely again to fail'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Christopher Fraser

333

Clause     97,     page     105,     line     35,     at beginning insert 'and that the contravention or failure has been or is being committed intentionally or negligently,'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

261

Clause     97,     page     105,     line     36,     leave out from 'amount' to end of line 37 and insert 'prescribed in the regulations made under section 18B'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Christopher Fraser

334

Clause     97,     page     105,     line     36,     leave out from 'is' to end of line 37 and insert 'proportionate having regard to the nature and specificity of the condition or prescribed standard in question.

    (1A) In setting the level of any penalty imposed under subsection (1) the Authority shall take account of the seriousness and duration of, and the harm caused by, the contravention or failure but in any event the penalty imposed shall not exceed 10 per cent. of the annual turnover of the licence holder in the relevant goods or services for the year in which the contravention or failure occurred.'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

262

Clause     97,     page     105,     line     43,     at end insert—

    '(2A) No penalty shall be imposed until a provisional order shall have been confirmed or a final order shall have been made under section 16'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Christopher Fraser

335

Clause     97,     page     105,     line     43,     at end insert—

    '(2A) In deciding whether to impose a penalty under subsection (1) the Authority shall have regard to—

      (a) the statement of policy it has published in accordance with section 18B; and

      (b) the principle that the purpose of a penalty is to deter any similar contravention or failure by the operator in the future.'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

263

Clause     97,     page     106,     line     7,     after 'penalty', insert ', the desired effect of the penalty upon the operations of the relevant operator,'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

264

Clause     97,     page     106,     line     35,     after 'penalty' insert, 'the desired effect of the penalty upon the operations of the relevant operator,'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

266

Clause     97,     page     107,     leave out lines 30, to 46 and insert—

    '(18B) "The Secretary of State may make regulations with respect to the imposition of penalties and the determination of their amount, having consulted with—

      (a) the Authority;

      (b) the Council;

      (c) licensed operators: and

      (d) such other persons as the Secretary of state considers it appropriate to consult in relation to these matters".'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

265

Clause     97,     page     107,     line     30,     after 'prepare' insert, 'following consultation with appropriate persons including licensed operators'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

267

Clause     97,     page     108,     line     1,     leave out from '18C' to 'where' in line 8.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

268

Clause     97,     page     108,     line     37,     leave out 'or'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

269

Clause     97,     page     108,     line     40,     at end insert 'or (d) any other matter,'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

270

Clause     97,     page     108,     line     41,     leave out 'court' and insert 'the Penalty Appeals Body'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

271

Clause     97,     page     108,     line     44,     leave out '42' and insert '52'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

272

Clause     97,     page     108,     line     48,     leave out '42' and insert '52'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

273

Clause     97,     page     109,     line     1,     leave out 'court' and insert 'the Penalty Appeals Body'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

274

Clause     97,     page     109,     line     4,     leave out 'court' and insert 'the Penalty Appeals Body'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing
Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Christopher Fraser

336

Clause     97,     page     109,     line     14,     at end insert—

      '(aa) that, having regard to all the circumstances, it was unreasonable for the Authority to impose a penalty or a penalty of the amount so imposed;'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

275

Clause     97,     page     109,     line     27,     leave out 'court' and insert 'the Penalty Appeals Body'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

276

Clause     97,     page     109,     line     31,     leave out 'court' and insert 'the Penalty Appeals Body'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

277

Clause     97,     page     109,     line     40,     leave out from 'the' to end of line 43 and insert, 'Penalty Appeals Body means a panel of three persons with relevant expertise constituted by the Secretary of State for the purpose of hearing any appeal made under section 18E.'.


   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

246

Clause     50,     page     53,     line     3,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall, within one year of the entering into force of this Act,'.


   

Mrs Helen Liddell

357

Clause     51,     page     55,     line     29,     leave out subsection (2).


   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

247

Clause     58,     page     59,     line     22,     at end insert—

    '(1A) In specifying those targets, the Secretary of State shall have regard to any national greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, including in particular that of a reduction of 20 per cent. in carbon dioxide emissions by 2010 compared to 1990 levels'.

   

Mr Brian White

26

Clause     58,     page     61,     line     12,     after 'heat', insert 'or chilled water.'.


   

Mrs Helen Liddell

90

Clause     83,     page     90,     line     35,     at end insert—

      ' "electricity licence" means a licence under section 6 of the 1989 Act;

      "gas licence" means a licence under section 7 or 7A of the 1986 Act;'.


   

Mrs Helen Liddell

200

Schedule     5,     page     162,     line     18,     at end insert—

    '. In section 48(1) (interpretation of Part I)—

      (a) before the definition of "gas" there is inserted—

            "exemption" means an exemption under section 6A;"; and

      (b) for the definition of "licence" there is substituted—

            "licence" means a licence under section 7 or 7A and "licence holder" shall be construed accordingly;".'

   

Mrs Helen Liddell

359

Schedule     5,     page     162,     line     31,     leave out from '(8)' to end of line 35 and insert ', for the words "or section 40(3), 41(3), 42A or 42B below" there is substituted ", or sections 32 to 32C, section 40, 40A, 41A, 42A, 42B, 42C, 43A or 43B below or section 22 of the Utilities Act 2000".'.

 
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