Amendments proposed to the Utilities Bill - continued House of Commons

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Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     6,     page     166,     line     21     at end insert 'or'.


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     6,     page     166,     line     22,     leave out from 'Council' to end of line 24.


Mr Chris Mullin


Schedule     6,     page     166,     leave out lines 28 to 33.


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     6,     page     166,     line     33,     at end insert—

'Consultation by Council before establishing regional committees

    . The requirements in paragraph 11(2) to (4) of Schedule 2 to this Act do not apply to any regional committee of the Gas and Electricity Consumer Council which is established within the period of two months beginning with the day on which section 16(2) of this Act comes into force.'


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     7,     page     167,     column     3,     leave out lines 26 to 31.


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     7,     page     167,     line     50,     column     3,     leave out from '7,' to 'and' in line 53 and insert 'in subsections (5) and (6) the words "or extension", in each place where they appear, in subsection (5), the words "or, in the case of an extension, such shorter time as may be prescribed" and subsections (7), (8)'.


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     7,     page     168,     line     5,     column     3,     at end insert 'In section 8(1) the words "and sections 23(2), 26(1A) and 27(2)".'.


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     7,     page     168,     line     10,     column     3,     at end insert 'Sections 32 and 32A.'.


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     7,     page     168,     line     18,     column     3,     at end insert 'Section 33E.'.


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     7,     page     168,     line     25,     column     3,     at end insert 'In section 42(4)(a) the words "other than section 33(3) above".'.


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     7,     page     168,     line     38,     at end insert—


'1986 c. 45.


Insolvency Act 1986.


Section 233(5)(b).

Section 372(5)(b).'.


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     7,     page     169,     line     4,     column     3,     leave out 'Section 22'.


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     7,     page     169,     line     13,     column     3,     at end insert 'Section 45.'.


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     7,     page     169,     line     13,     column     3,     at end insert 'Section 42B.'.


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     7,     page     169,     line     20,     column     3,     at end insert 'In Schedule 16, paragraph 35.'.


Mr Chris Mullin


Schedule     7,     page     169,     leave out lines 21 to 30.


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     7,     page     169,     line     30,     at end insert—


'1992 c. 15.


The Offshore Safety Act 1992.


Section 2(3)(b).


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     7,     page     169,     line     31,     column     3,     leave out 'Section 20.' and insert—




'Section 14.

Section 20.

Section 22.'


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     7,     page     169,     line     33,     leave out 'paragraph 38' and insert 'paragraphs 38 and 39'.


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     7,     page     169,     line     39,     after '33(3)' insert ', 36'.


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     7,     page     169,     line     42,     at end insert—

'1998 c. 5.The Fossil Fuel Levy Act 1998.The whole Act.'.

Mr Chris Mullin


Schedule     7,     page     169,     line     43,     column     3,     leave out from beginning of line to end of line 47.


Mrs Helen Liddell


Schedule     7,     page     169,     line     49,     column     3,     leave out '2(4)'.


Mr Chris Mullin


Schedule     7,     page     169,     line     49,     column     3,     leave out '4(3) and 5(4)' and insert 'and 4(3)'.


Mrs Helen Liddell


Clause     133,     page     151,     line     26,     at end insert—

    '(3) The power of the Secretary of State to make regulations under this section shall be exercisable by statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.'.


Mrs Helen Liddell


Clause     134,     page     151,     line     29,     after 'order' insert 'made by statutory instrument'.




Mrs Helen Liddell


To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) In this Chapter—

      "consumers" includes both existing consumers and future consumers;

      "the interests of consumers" means the interests of consumers in relation to gas conveyed through pipes or electricity conveyed through distribution systems; and

      "consumer matter" means any matter connected with the interests of consumers.

    (2) In considering the interests of consumers the Council shall have regard to the interests of—

      (a) individuals who are disabled or chronically sick;

      (b) individuals of pensionable age;

      (c) individuals with low incomes; and

      (d) individuals residing in rural areas,

    but that is not to be taken as implying that regard may not be had to the interests of other descriptions of consumer.'.

Abolition of tariffs


Mrs Helen Liddell


To move the following Clause:—

    '. Section 18 of the 1989 Act (charging by reference to tariffs) shall cease to have effect'.

Special agreements with respect to distribution


Mrs Helen Liddell


To move the following Clause:—

    'For section 22 of the 1989 Act (special agreements with respect to supply) there is substituted—

"Special agreements with respect to connection.22.—(1) Notwithstanding anything in sections 16 to 21, a person who requires a connection in pursuance of section 16(1) may enter into an agreement with the electricity distributor (referred to in this Part as a "special connection agreement") for the making of the connection on such terms as may be agreed by the parties.

    (2) So long as a special connection agreement is effective, the rights and liabilities of the parties shall be those arising under the agreement and not those provided for by sections 16 to 21.

    (3) Nothing in subsection (2) prevents the giving of a notice under section 16A(1) requiring a connection to be made as from the time when a special connection agreement ceases to be effective.".'.

Combined heat and power


Mr Brian White
Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell


To move the following Clause:—

    '. In making an order and other arrangements under sections 50, 51, 52, 53 or 54 above the Secretary of State may also make provision for—

      (a) electricity generated by combined heat and power stations

      (b) heat or chilled water produced in association with electricity.'.

Licence conditions


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


To move the following Clause:—

'Licence conditions.( ) In section 7 of the 1984 Act (power to license systems), after subsection (5) there is inserted—

    "(5A) Conditions included in a licence may include provisions for the conditions—

      (a) to have effect or cease to have effect at such times and in such circumstances as may be determined by or under the conditions; or

      (b) be modified in such manner as may be specified in the conditions at such times and in such circumstances as may be so determined.".'

Consolidation of Acts


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


To move the following Clause:—

    '—The Acts listed in Schedule 7 that have been substantially amended by this and earlier Acts shall be reprinted in consolidated form and the earlier Acts be repealed.'.

Anti-competitive behaviour


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


To move the following Clause—

    '( ).—(1) Subject to subsection (2), where it appears to the Authority that a licence holder has behaved or is behaving in a manner which infringes—

      (a) the Chapter I prohibition, or

      (b) the Chapter II prohibition,

    then to the extent that the Authority proposes to take any action against that licence holder in respect of that behaviour it shall do so by exercising its competition powers rather than by exercising any other functions under the 1986 Act or the 1989 Act.

    (2) Subsection (1) does not apply where the Authority determines that—

      (a) a licence holder has infringed or is infringing the Chapter I prohibition or the Chapter II prohibition; and

      (b) for the reasons given by the Authority in that determination, it is appropriate for the Authority to deal with that behaviour by the exercise of powers other than its competition powers.

    (3) Where the Authority—

      (a) makes a determination in accordance with subsection (2), and

      (b) decides to take any action against the licence holder by exercising any functions under the 1986 Act or the 1989 Act other than its competition powers,

    the licence holder may appeal against that decision to the Competition Commission Appeal Tribunal as if the decision was a decision reached by the Authority in the exercise of its competition powers and the tribunal may hear and dispose of the appeal accordingly.

    (4) In this section—

      "the Chapter I prohibition" and "the Chapter II prohibition" have the same meaning as in the Competition Act 1998;

      "Competition Commission Appeal Tribunal" means an appeal tribunal established in accordance with the provisions of Part III of Schedule 7 to that Act for the purpose of hearing an appeal under section 46 or 47 of that Act; and

      "competition powers" means the powers conferred upon the Authority by section 54 of and Schedule 10 to that Act.'

Guidance on offshore industry


Norman Baker
Mr Andrew Stunell


*To move the following Clause:—

    '.—The Authority shall, in carrying out its respective functions, take into account any advice given by the Secretary of State about the offshore industry including environmental and social matters.'.


Mr Chris Mullin


Title,     line     3,     leave out from 'Authority' to 'to' in line 5 and insert ' and the Telecommunications Consumer Council'.


Mr Chris Mullin


Title,     line     6,     leave out 'electricity and water' and insert 'and electricity'.

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