Amendments proposed to the Utilities Bill - continued House of Commons

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Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

314

Clause     13,     page     8,     line     45,     at end insert—

    '(1A) In preparing guidance under this section, the Secretary of State shall ensure that such guidance does not impose significant financial implication for consumers.'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

289

Clause     13,     page     9,     line     5,     at end insert—

    '( ) appropriate Select Committees of Parliament;'.

   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

245

Clause     13,     page     9,     leave out lines 10 and 12 and insert—

      '(d) any other persons or organisations with an interest in the matters contained within the guidance'.

   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

228

Clause     13,     page     9,     line     14,     after 'section', insert 'will be based on long term vision and'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

347

Clause     13,     page     9,     line     16,     leave out 'forty' and insert 'sixty'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

348

Clause     13,     page     9,     line     25,     leave out 'forty' and insert 'sixty'.

   

Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Eleanor Laing

207

Clause     13,     page     9,     line     32,     at end insert—

'Enhancement of competition and deregulation3BA.—(1) In order to enhance competition and promote deregulation in the electricity market the Secretary of State shall on or before the 30th September in each year prepare and lay before each House of Parliament a report which sets out—

      (a) the status of competition in the electricity market;

      (b) any significant changes that have occurred in that market which have occurred during the previous 12 months;

      (c) a review of any legislation which may impede or discourage competition in, or deregulation of, that market; and

      (d) his recommendations on repealing, amending or enacting any legislation in order to enhance or reflect competition within that market or to promote its orderly deregulation.

    (2) In this section "electricity market" means the market in the United Kingdom for the generation, transmission, distribution or supply of electricity.'.


   

Mrs Helen Liddell

182

Clause     10,     page     7,     line     2,     leave out 'Executive' and insert 'Commission'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

353

Clause     10,     page     7,     line     2,     after 'Executive', insert 'and any other relevant body'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

356

Clause     10,     page     7,     line     4,     at end insert—

    '(     ) The Secretary of State may require the Authority also to consult him about gas safety issues of particular descriptions.

    (     ) The Authority shall, in carrying out its functions under this Part, take into account any advice given by the Seceretary of State about any gas safety issue (whether or not in response to consultation under the above subsection.'

   

Mrs Helen Liddell

183

Clause     10,     page     7,     line     8,     leave out 'Executive' and insert 'Commission'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

351

Clause     10,     page     7,     line     11,     after 'through', insert 'fixed'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

352

Clause     10,     page     7,     line     12,     after 'through', insert 'fixed'.

   

Mrs Helen Liddell

184

Clause     10,     page     7,     line     17,     at end insert 'conveyed through pipes'.


   

Mrs Helen Liddell

191

Clause     14,     page     9,     line     36,     leave out 'Executive' and insert 'Commission'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

354

Clause     14,     page     9,     line     36,     after 'Executive', insert 'and any other relevant body'.

   

Mrs Helen Liddell

192

Clause     14,     page     9,     line     45,     leave out 'Executive' and insert 'Commission'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

355

Clause     14,     page     9,     line     45,     after 'Executive', insert 'and any other relevant body'.


   

Mrs Helen Liddell

185

Clause     11,     page     7,     line     19,     at beginning insert—

    '( ) Section 4AA does not apply in relation to the issuing by the Secretary of State of guidance under section 4AB.'

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

369

Clause     11,     page     7,     line     24,     after 'may', insert 'with the permission of the Secretary of State'.

   

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

315

Clause     11,     page     7,     line     34,     at end insert—

'Advice from Competition Commission.4C.—In the exercise of its functions under the Act, the Authority may seek the advice of the Competition Commission on such matters relating to the conveyance of gas through pipes or the supply of gas as it considers appropriate.'.

   

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

370

Clause     11,     page     7,     line     34,     at end insert—

    '(4) The Authority when acting as above will ensure that investigation will not duplicate other regulator's investigations and not allow the parties investigated to be put in double jeopardy.'.


   

Mrs Helen Liddell

193

Clause     15,     page     10,     line     14,     at beginning insert—

    '( ) Section 3A does not apply in relation to the issuing by the Secretary of State of guidance under section 3B.'

   

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

316

Clause     15,     page     10,     line     33,     at end insert—

'Advice from Competition Commission.3E.—In the exercise of its functions under this Act, the Authority may seek the advice of the Competition Commission on such matters relating to the generation, transmission, distribution or supply of electricity as it considered appropriate.'.

   

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

371

Clause     15,     page     10,     line     33,     at end insert—

    '(5) The Authority when acting as above will ensure that investigations will not duplicate other regulators' investigations and not allow the parties investigated to be put in double jeopardy.'.


   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

374

Clause     16,     page     10,     line     38,     leave out ', including matters in different areas of' and insert 'in'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

375

Clause     16,     page     10,     line     40,     leave out ', including the views of consumers in different areas'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

376

Clause     16,     page     10,     line     42,     leave out from beginning to end of line 10 on page 11.

   

Mr Christopher Chope

209

Clause     16,     page     10,     line     44,     leave out from beginning to end of line 2 on page 45 and insert 'may establish a separate Committee of the Council for Scotland and Wales.'.

   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

362

Clause     16,     page     11,     leave out lines 1 and 2 insert—

      '(b) shall establish a committee of the Council for each of the areas of the Regional Development Agencies.'.

   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

361

Clause     16,     page     11,     line     1,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

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

384

Clause     16,     page     11,     leave out lines 7 and 8.

   

Mrs Helen Liddell

248

Clause     16,     page     11,     line     17,     leave out subsection (6).

   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

363

Clause     16,     page     11,     line     20,     leave out 'supply' and insert 'provision'.


   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

233

Clause     17,     page     11,     line     24,     leave out 'or' and insert 'and'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

386

Clause     17,     page     11,     line     25,     leave out '(including matters affecting consumers in different areas)'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

387

Clause     17,     page     11,     line     27,     leave out '(including the views of consumers in different areas)'.

   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

234

Clause     17,     page     11,     line     28,     at end insert 'and

    ( ) promoting and advocating the interests of consumers,'.

   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

232

Clause     17,     page     11,     line     31,     at end insert—

    '( ) In carrying out its functions the Council has a general duty to publish information when it is in the public interest to do so. Before publishing such information the Council must consider whether the public interest is outweighed, by any consideration of confidentiality attaching to it. Should there be a dispute, the Council has the power to appeal to the Information Commissioner or similar appropriate body.'.

 
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