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

322

Clause     47,     page     46,     line     39,     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 27B; 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
Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Christopher Fraser

323

Clause     47,     page     49,     line     18,     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

324

Clause     75,     page     77,     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
Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Christopher Fraser

325

Clause     75,     page     77,     line     29,     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

326

Clause     75,     page     77,     line     32,     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

327

Clause     75,     page     77,     line     33,     leave out from 'is' to end of line 34 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
Mr Ian Bruce [R]
Mr Christopher Chope
Mr Christopher Fraser

328

Clause     75,     page     78,     line     6,     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 30B; 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
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;'.


   

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).


   

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

380

Clause     56,     page     57,     leave out lines 4 to 12 and insert—

    '15A.—(1) Where it is necessary or expedient to modify—

      (a) the conditions of any licence granted under section 6; or

      (b) any standard conditions of licences of any type,

    in order to implement or facilitate the effective operation of new electricity trading arrangements ("the new arrangements"), the Secretary of State may make such modifications as he considers appropriate in accordance with the provisions of this section.'.

   

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

381

Clause     56,     page     57,     line     16,     leave out from 'including' to end of line 17 and insert ', but only to the extent that the new arrangements apply to them, matters connected with the transmission or distribution of electricity).'.

   

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

382

Clause     56,     page     57,     line     30,     leave out 'two years' and insert 'one year'.

   

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

383

Clause     56,     page     57,     line     31,     at end insert—

    '(7) In this section, "new electricity trading arrangements", in relation to a licence holder, means arrangements for the trading of electricity in bulk that are designed to modify, revoke, or replace, whether in whole or in part, any such arrangements which he is required by a condition of his licence to comply with immediately before this section comes into force.'.


   

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;'.


   

Mr Chris Mullin

451

Schedule     3,     page     156,     line     45,     leave out from beginning of line to 'and' in line 46.

   

Mr Chris Mullin

452

Schedule     3,     page     157,     line     1,     leave out 'or 106(1)'.

   

Mr Chris Mullin

453

Schedule     3,     page     157,     line     40,     leave out 'or the Consumer Council for Water'.


   

Mrs Helen Liddell

409

Clause     124,     page     141,     line     13,     leave out from first 'of' to second 'and' in line 17 and insert—

      '(a) section 6D or 24 of the Gas Act 1986; or

      (b) section 5C or 12 of the Electricity Act 1989.'

   

Mr Chris Mullin

442

Clause     124,     page     141,     line     16     at end insert 'or'.

   

Mr Chris Mullin

443

Clause     124,     page     141,     line     17,     leave out from '1989' to end of line 18.

   

Mr Chris Mullin

444

Clause     124,     page     141,     line     20,     leave out from 'modifications' to 'to' in line 22.

   

Mr Chris Mullin

445

Clause     124,     page     141,     line     28,     leave out from 'for' to end of line 30 and insert 'sub-paragraph (ii) there is substituted—

                "(ii) section 124 of the Utilities Act 2000; or".'.

   

Mrs Helen Liddell

410

Clause     124,     page     141,     leave out line 33.

   

Mr Chris Mullin

446

Clause     124,     page     141,     leave out line 35.

   

Mrs Helen Liddell

411

Clause     124,     page     141,     line     43,     leave out 'section 13 of the Telecommunications Act 1984'.

   

Mr Chris Mullin

447

Clause     124,     page     142,     line     1,     leave out from '1989' to end of line 2.


   

Mr Chris Mullin

450

Clause     130,     page     151,     line     2,     leave out '125 to 129' and insert '127 and 128'.


   

Mrs Helen Liddell

413

Schedule     5,     page     161,     leave out lines 31 to 33.

   

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

495

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

    '. In section 42 (restrictions on disclosure), in subsection (4)(a) for "33C" there is substituted " 33, 33DA".'.

 
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