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Amendment Paper as at
Thursday 27th May 2004

STANDING COMMITTEE B


ENERGY BILL [LORDS]


NOTE

The Amendments had been arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee (20th May).

   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

105

Clause     12,     page     9,     line     30,     at beginning insert—

    '( )   The principal objective of the NDA shall be to protect the health and safety of people, and to protect the environment, from the harmful effects of radiation from those sites for which the NDA has responsibility.'.

   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

106

Clause     12,     page     9,     line     30,     at beginning insert—

    '( )   It shall be the paramount duty of the NDA to safeguard the environment.'.

   

Mr Michael Weir

22

Clause     12,     page     9,     line     30,     leave out from first 'the' to end of line 31 and insert 'paramount duty of the NDA, in carrying out its functions, to ensure—

      (a) the safety of the environment and the protection of the natural and built environment from any pollution or contamination from the release, spillage or escape of any nuclear or nuclear-related material into the air, waterways, sea or land, or from any contamination arising from the use, treatment, storage, transportation or disposal of hazardous waste (and in setting out its decommissioning strategy for any nuclear installation or site, nothing shall be done that would give rise to any such release, spillage or escape), and

      (b) the safety of the general population and of the workforce in any nuclear or nuclear-related facility who may be affected by the release, spillage or escape in any fashion of any nuclear or nuclear related material into the air, waterways, sea or land, or from activities involving the use, treatment, storage, transportation or disposal of hazardous material.

    (1A)   It shall be the further duty of NDA, so as far as it is not incompatible with the paramount duty under subsection (1), to have regard to—'.

   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

107

Clause     12,     page     9,     line     30,     after first 'the', insert 'further'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms

14

Clause     12,     page     9,     line     32,     leave out from 'policy' to end of line 39.

   

Mr Michael Weir

23

Clause     12,     page     9,     line     40,     leave out from beginning to 'and' in line 43.

   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

108

Clause     12,     page     9,     leave out line 40.

   

Mr Laurence Robertson
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr David Ruffley
Mr Robert Key
Mr Richard Page

55

Clause     12,     page     9,     line     44,     at end insert—

      '(e) the need to preserve, where desirable, the possibility of the future use of the site for nuclear generation.'.

   

Mr Laurence Robertson
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr David Ruffley
Mr Robert Key
Mr Richard Page

56

Clause     12,     page     10,     line     4,     at end insert 'and it shall publish details of how that skilled workforce is to be recruited, trained and maintained.'.

   

Mr Laurence Robertson
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr David Ruffley
Mr Robert Key
Mr Richard Page

57

Clause     12,     page     10,     line     11,     after 'money', insert 'including the maximisation of income for the industry at the installations or sites whose operation it is to secure, pending the commencement of their decommissioning.'.

   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

109

Clause     12,     page     10,     line     18,     at end insert 'consistent with the objective of decommissioning any operating plant at the earliest practical point'.

   

Mr Stephen Timms

15

Clause     12,     page     10,     line     18,     at end insert—

    '(3A)   In the case of each designated installation, designated site or designated facility, it shall be the duty of the NDA, in carrying out its function by virtue of section 10(1)(e)—

      (a) to have regard, in particular, to the extent to which the person with control of the installation, site or facility was doing anything falling within subsection (3B) prior to its designation; and

      (b) to consider what obligations in relation to the doing of anything falling within that subsection should be imposed on any person with whom the NDA is proposing, in connection with the discharge of any of its responsibilities in relation to the installation, site or facility, to enter into a contract for that person to provide services.

    (3B)   What falls within this subsection is anything that is done for the purpose of giving encouragement and other support to—

      (a) activities benefiting the social or economic life of communities living near the installation, site or facility; or

      (b) activities producing other environmental benefits for those communities.

    (3C)   Where the NDA is proposing, in connection with the discharge of any of its responsibilities in relation to a designated installation, designated site or designated facility, to enter into a contract with any person for him to provide any services, it shall be the duty of the NDA, before entering into that contract—

      (a) to require that person to produce his proposed strategy for the procurement of the goods and services that he will need to procure for the purpose of carrying out his obligations under the contract; and

      (b) to consider the likely effect of the implementation of that strategy on the economic life of communities living near the installation, site or facility.'.

As an Amendment to Mr Stephen Timm's proposed Amendment (No. 15) (Clause 12, page 10, line 18):

   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

(a)

Line     12,     at end insert—

    '(3AA)   The obligations shall be equivalent to, or greater than, anything the person with control of the installation, site or facility was doing prior to its designation.'.

   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

110

Clause     12,     page     10,     line     47,     leave out from 'information' to 'national' and insert 'the publication of which would constitute a material risk to'.

   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

111

Clause     12,     page     11,     line     1,     at end add 'the publication of which would constitute a material risk to national security'.


   

Mr Laurence Robertson
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr David Ruffley
Mr Robert Key
Mr Richard Page

61

Clause     13,     page     11,     line     3,     leave out from first 'the' to first 'to' in line 4 and insert 'Secretary of State may by order subject to the affirmative resolution procedure grant the NDA such powers (in addition to those contained in subsection (2)) as appear to him'.

   

Mr Laurence Robertson
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr David Ruffley
Mr Robert Key
Mr Richard Page

62

Clause     13,     page     11,     line     6,     leave out 'include, in particular' and insert 'set out in this subsection are'.

   

Mr Michael Weir

25

Clause     13,     page     11,     line     7,     at end insert 'which are in operation at the time that this Act receives Royal Assent and subsequently acquired by the NDA'.

   

Dr Desmond Turner

95

Clause     13,     page     11,     line     7,     at end insert 'but not to construct new nuclear generating stations or reprocessing facilities'.

   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

112

Clause     13,     page     11,     line     7,     at end insert 'for a maximum period of 12 months'.

   

Mr Laurence Robertson
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr David Ruffley
Mr Robert Key
Mr Richard Page

63

Clause     13,     page     11,     line     34,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   Where any BNFL installation is designated under section 6, in deciding how best to carry out its functions at that installation, site or facility, the NDA shall provide BNFL with the opportunity to bid for a contract to carry out any decommissioning, or any other, work which BNFL considers it to be competent and qualified to carry out, and the NDA shall give due consideration to such a bid.'.

   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

113

Clause     13,     page     11,     line     34,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   The power under subsection (2)(d) may not be exercised for the benefit of companies that operate nuclear installations or designated facilities for treating or disposing of hazardous material.'.

   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

114

Clause     13,     page     11,     line     34,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   The power under subsection (2)(d) may not be exercised for the benefit of BNFL or British Energy.'.

   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

115

Clause     13,     page     11,     line     34,     at end insert—

    '(2A)   The power under subsection (2)(e) may not be exercised for the benefit of nuclear companies except where the full cost is recovered from those companies.'.

   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

116

Clause     13,     page     11,     line     35,     leave out 'may' and insert 'will'.

   

Mr Andrew Stunell
Norman Baker

117

Clause     13,     page     11,     line     36,     at end insert 'commensurate with an estimate of the financial liability being adopted by the NDA'.

 
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