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'.

   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

567

Clause     75,     page     77,     line     28,     after 'requirement', insert ', including social and environmental obligations'.

   

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

568

Clause     78,     page     84,     line     33,     after 'gas', insert ',or that a disadvantaged group is unable to afford access to essential suppliers'.

   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

569

Clause     78,     page     84,     line     33,     leave out 'may' and insert 'shall'.

   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

570

Clause     78,     page     84,     line     35,     at end insert ',or make an order containing a scheme to ensure affordable access'.

   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

571

Clause     78,     page     85,     line     47,     at end insert 'annually'.

   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

572

Clause     78,     page     85,     line     48,     after 'and', insert 'carry out consumer impact assessments and'.

   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

573

Clause     78,     page     85,     line     49,     leave out 'whenever he directs it to do so.'.

   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

574

Clause     78,     page     86,     line     4,     at end insert '; and

    ( ) shall provide this information to the Council.'.


   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

576

Clause     58,     page     59,     line     21,     after 'period' insert ', of not more than one year,'.

   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

577

Clause     58,     page     59,     line     21,     at end insert 'and improvement'.

   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

578

Clause     58,     page     59,     line     22,     at end insert ', including targets for reducing CO2 by 12.5 per cent. by 2010 and energy efficiency by 20 per cent.'.

   

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.'.


   

Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell

575

Clause     79,     page     87,     line     33,     leave out from 'supplier' to end of line 37.


   

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'.

   

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

596

*Schedule     3,     page     158,     line     4,     at end add—

    '10. Any expenses incurred as a result of a transfer scheme shall be regarded as deductible expenses for the purposes of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.'.

 
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