Amendments proposed to the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Bill, As Amended - continued House of Commons

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Mr David Maclean

45

Page     1,     line     5,     leave out Clause 1.

   

Mr Eric Forth

1

Page     1,     line     6     [Clause     1],     leave out 'twelve' and insert 'eighteen'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

2

Page     1,     line     8     [Clause     1],     leave out from 'ensuring' to end of line 10 and insert '—

      (a) the progressive reduction of fuel poverty;

      (b) the promotion of efficient use of energy in public sector domestic properties.'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

3

Page     1,     line     10     [Clause     1],     leave out 'on lower incomes' and insert 'in fuel poverty'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

4

Page     1,     line     10     [Clause     1],     after 'kept', insert 'reasonably'.

   

Mr David Maclean

32

Page     1,     line     10     [Clause     1],     at end insert 'as defined by the Targets Authority'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

5

Page     1,     line     10     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(1A) For the purposes of this section "households in fuel poverty" are those which need to spend 10 per cent. or more of their income to provide adequate heat and energy.'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

6

Page     1,     line     10     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(1A) For the purposes of this section "kept reasonably warm" means where the main living room is heated to 21 degrees centigrade and other occupied rooms to 18 degrees centigrade.'.

   

Mr David Maclean

33

Page     1,     line     10     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(1A) For the purpose of this Act "households on lower incomes" means households with a household income which is less than half the current average.'.

   

Mr David Maclean

34

Page     1,     line     10     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(1A) For the purpose of this Act "efficient use of energy" may include the use of energy inefficiently provided that it comes from a renewable source.'.

   

Mr David Maclean

35

Page     1,     line     10     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(1A) For the purpose of this Act "household income" means the combined income of all those living within the confines of a set dwelling.'.

   

Mr David Maclean

36

Page     1,     line     10     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(1A) For the purpose of this Act "homes" mean flats, houses, boats, mobile homes (as within the meaning of Part I of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960, disregarding the amendment made by section 13(2) of the Caravan Sites Act 1968).'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

7

Page     1,     line     12     [Clause     1],     after 'the', insert 'public sector'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

8

Page     1,     line     13     [Clause     1],     after 'specify', insert 'practical'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

9

Page     1,     line     13     [Clause     1],     after 'specify', insert 'affordable'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

10

Page     1,     line     14     [Clause     1],     leave out 'appropriate equipment or' and insert 'a comprehensive package of home'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

11

Page     1,     line     17     [Clause     1],     leave out 'a target date' and insert 'target dates'.

   

Mr David Maclean

41

Page     1,     line     17     [Clause     1],     after 'date', insert ', which shall not be later than 15 years after the relevant commencement,'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

12

Page     1,     line     18     [Clause     1],     after 'all', insert 'public sector'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

13

Page     1,     line     18     [Clause     1],     leave out 'on lower incomes' and insert 'in fuel poverty'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

14

Page     1,     line     18     [Clause     1],     leave out 'on lower incomes' and insert 'in receipt of benefit payments'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

15

Page     1,     line     19     [Clause     1],     after 'kept', insert 'reasonably'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

16

Page     1,     line     19     [Clause     1],     at end insert ', and

      ( ) provide a procedure for differentiating the characteristics and requirements of different regions.'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

17

Page     1,     line     19     [Clause     1],     at end insert ', and

      ( ) provide a definition of fuel poverty which will facilitate achievement of the objectives of section 1(1).'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

18

Page     1,     line     19     [Clause     1],     at end insert ', and

      ( ) as soon as is practical be laid before and debated by both Houses of Parliament.'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

19

Page     1,     line     19     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(2A) The latest target dates set under section (1) shall be—

      (a) establishment of the appropriate authority within six months of the commencement of this Act,

      (b) approval and publication of the strategy within eighteen months of the commencement of this Act,

      (c) reduction of the incidence of fuel poverty in the identified households as follows—

          (i) by one third within six years of the commencement of this Act,

          (ii) by two thirds within twelve years of the commencement of this Act,

          (iii) completely by fifteen years after the commencement of this Act.'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

20

Page     1,     line     19     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(2A) The latest target dates set under section (1) shall be—

      (a) approval and publication of the strategy within eighteen months of the commencement of this Act,

      (b) reduction of the incidence of fuel poverty in the identified households as follows—

          (i) by one third within six years of the commencement of this Act,

          (ii) by two thirds within twelve years of the commencement of this Act,

          (iii) completely by fifteen years after the commencement of this Act.'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

21

Page     1,     line     19     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(2A) For the purposes of section 1(2)(b) above "comprehensive package of home insulation" shall include the installation of—

      (a) cavity wall insulation;

      (b) loft insulation;

      (c) under-floor insulation;

      (d) draught-proofing.'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

22

Page     1,     line     23     [Clause     1],     after 'Council,', insert—

      '( ) domestic energy providers,'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

23

Page     1,     line     23     [Clause     1],     after 'Council,', insert—

      '( ) domestic energy appliance and insulation providers,'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

24

Page     1,     line     23     [Clause     1],     after 'Council,', insert—

      '( ) local authorities and housing associations,'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

25

Page     1,     line     23     [Clause     1],     after 'Council,', insert—

      '( ) persons in fuel poverty,'.

   

Mr David Maclean

42

Page     1,     line     23     [Clause     1],     leave out 'and' and insert—

      '(aa) local authorities,

      (ab) persons in fuel poverty, and'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

26

Page     1,     line     25     [Clause     1],     after 'authority', insert ', after consulting the Secretary of State,'.

   

Mr David Maclean

43

Page     1,     line     25     [Clause     1],     after 'shall', insert ', as soon as is practicable after the publication of the strategy,'.

   

Mr David Maclean

37

Page     1,     line     26     [Clause     1],     at end insert ', except as limited by section (Restrictions and exemptions).'.


   

Mr Eric Forth

27

Page     2,     line     6     [Clause     1],     at end insert 'and after consulting the Secretary of State,'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

28

Page     2,     line     8     [Clause     1],     after 'publish', insert 'and lay before both Houses of Parliament'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

29

Page     2,     line     15     [Clause     1],     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'Warm Homes Agency for England as described in Schedule [Warm Homes Agency for England]'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

30

Page     2,     line     16     [Clause     1],     leave out 'National Assembly for Wales' and insert 'Warm Homes Agency for Wales as described in Schedule [Warm Homes Agency for Wales]'.

   

Mr Eric Forth

31

Page     2,     line     16     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

      ' "fuel poverty" means households obliged to spend 20 per cent. or more of their (after tax and benefits) income to keep acceptably warm, having regard to such factors as the age and medical condition of the occupants and the external ambient temperatures;'.

   

Mr David Maclean

39

Page     2,     line     16     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '"fuel poverty" means the inability of a household to keep warm at reasonable cost'.

 
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