Amendments proposed to the Utilities Bill - continued House of Commons

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Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope

522

*Clause     26,     page     21,     line     9,     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'Authority'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope

523

*Clause     26,     page     21,     line     10,     leave out 'Authority' and insert 'Secretary of State'.

   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

505

Clause     26,     page     21,     line     23,     after 'may', insert 'be'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope

524

*Clause     26,     page     22,     line     13,     at end insert 'giving at least one year's notice'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope

525

*Clause     26,     page     22,     line     30,     at end insert 'giving at least one year's notice'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope

526

*Clause     26,     page     22,     line     36,     after 'period', insert 'not less than three months'.


   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope

535

*Clause     27,     page     21,     line     21,     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'Authority'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope

536

*Clause     27,     page     21,     line     26,     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'Authority'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope

537

*Clause     27,     page     22,     line     5,     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'Authority'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [ R]
Mr Christopher Chope

538

*Clause     27,     page     22,     line     12,     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'Authority'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [ R]
Mr Christopher Chope

539

*Clause     27,     page     22,     line     14,     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'Authority'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [ R]
Mr Christopher Chope

540

*Clause     27,     page     22,     line     20,     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'Authority'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [ R]
Mr Christopher Chope

541

*Clause     27,     page     22,     line     22,     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'Authority'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

Mr Christopher Chope

542

*Clause     27,     page     22,     line     28,     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'Authority'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

Mr Christopher Chope

543

*Clause     27,     page     22,     line     35,     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'Authority'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

Mr Christopher Chope

544

*Clause     27,     page     22,     line     35,     leave out 'Authority' and insert 'Secretary of State'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

Mr Christopher Chope

545

*Clause     27,     page     22,     line     39,     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'Authority'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]

Mr Christopher Chope

546

*Clause     27,     page     22,     line     45,     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'Authority'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [ R]
Mr Christopher Chope

527

*Clause     27,     page     23,     line     19,     leave out subsection (2).

   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

506

Clause     27,     page     23,     line     20,     at end insert—

    '(2A) Distribution licences should be held by separate subsidiaries.'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [ R]
Mr Christopher Chope

529

*Clause     27,     page     23,     line     20,     at end insert 'if they have more then 50 per cent. of the local electricity market'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [ R]
Mr Christopher Chope

528

*Clause     27,     page     23,     line     22,     leave out 'within Great Britain'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [ R]
Mr Christopher Chope

530

*Clause     27,     page     23,     line     38,     leave out 'in any area, or'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope

532

*Clause     27,     page     25,     line     2,     leave out 'the consolidated fund' and insert 'a trust fund out of which the authority's expenses shall be paid and the remainder returned to licence holders.'

   

Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope

534

*Clause     27,     page     25,     line     32,     at end insert—

    '6( ) There shall be created a de minimus scheme to exempt very small generators and distributors from the above licencing requirements'.

   

Mr Ian Bruce [ R]
Mr Christopher Chope

531

*Clause     27,     page     25,     line     32,     at end add—

    '6C. The Authority will determine the licence application within 90 days from application'.


   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

500

Clause     30,     page     26,     line     37,     at end insert—

    '(1A) The Secretary of State shall include in the standard conditions for distribution and (or) supply licences a requirement for licence holders to provide for net metering in such licences and in associated codes and procedures.

    (1B) Under this section "net metering" shall mean that electricity generated at the location of the customer can be returned to the local distribution grid at a rate equivalent to the standard retail price through the installation of a meter or meters that record the flow of power both in and out of electrical facilities at the customer's location.

    (1C) The consumer shall meet reasonable and fair charges levied for the installation and operation of the meters under this section.'.

   

Mr Brian White
Mr Phil Sawford

521

*Clause     30,     page     27,     line     5,     at end add—

    '(3) The Secretary of State shall require the licence holder to enable its customers to opt for a system of net metering in licences and in other codes or procedures. Costs incurred by the installation and operation of such a system shall be borne by the customer through reasonable and fair charges.

    Net Metering under this section shall mean that electricity generated at the location of the customer can be returned to the distribution grid at a fair and equitable rate or an equivalent to the standard retail price through the installation of one or several meters that record both in and outgoing flow of power. The standard retail rate shall be applicable up to the level of consumption within a specified billing period.'.


   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

507

Clause     34,     page     32,     line     6,     at end insert ', or any other decision which materially affects the interests of consumers.'.

   

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

337

Clause     34,     page     32,     line     9,     at end insert 'and, in the case of a decision under paragraph (c) or (d) of subsection (1), the notice shall include an analysis of the costs and benefits to the licence holder of the modification, direction or consent concerned.'.


   

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

338

Clause     67,     page     67,     line     30,     at end insert 'and, in the case of a decision under paragraph (c) or (d) of subsection (1), the notice shall include an analysis of the costs and benefits to the licence holder of the modification, direction or consent concerned.'.


   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

501

Clause     40,     page     41,     line     32,     at end insert '; and—

      (c) to facilitate the development of embedded generation, including small-scale self-generation through net metering, and demand side management.'.


   

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

318

Clause     47,     page     46,     line     15,     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
Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Christopher Fraser

319

Clause     47,     page     46,     line     17,     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

320

Clause     47,     page     46,     line     19,     at beginning insert 'and that the contravention or failure has been or is being committed intentionally or negligently,'.

   

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

321

Clause     47,     page     46,     line     20,     leave out from 'is' to end of line 21 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.'.

 
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