Amendments proposed to the Energy Bill [Lords] - continued House of Commons

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Recovery of gas charges etc.


Brian White


To move the following Clause:—

       'For paragraph 7 of Schedule 2B (recovery of gas charges etc.) of the Gas Act 1986 substitute—

    "7(1)   Where a consumer has not, within the requisite period, paid all charges due in respect of the supply of gas to the consumer's premises, or to any premises previously owned or occupied by him, the relevant supplier may make arrangements to obtain payment for ongoing consumption and for the recovery of debt through one of the following mechanisms—

(a) installation of a prepayment meter;

(b) direct deductions from Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance;

(c) any other debt recovery arrangement that may be authorised by the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.

    (2)   The power of a supplier under sub-paragraph (1) to install a prepayment meter may not be exercised—

(a) as respects any amount that is disputed by the consumer, and

(b) unless no fewer than seven working days' notice have been given to the occupier of the premises of the intention to install a prepayment meter.

    (3)   In this paragraph the 'requisite period' means a period of 28 days after the supplier has made a demand in writing for payment of charges due.".'.


That the following provisions shall apply to the Energy Bill [Lords]:


    1.   The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

Proceedings in Standing Committee

    2.   Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on 24th June 2004.

    3.   The Standing Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on which it meets.

Consideration and Third Reading

    4.   Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.

    5.   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on the day on which proceedings on consideration are commenced.

    6.   Sessional Order B (programming committees) made on 28th June 2001 shall not apply to proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

Other proceedings

    7.   Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further message from the Lords) may be programmed.

ORDER OF THE COMMITTEE [20th MAY 2004, as amended on 27th May 2004]

That—     (1)   during proceedings on the Energy Bill [Lords] the Standing Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 8.55 am on 20th May) meet—

(a) at 2.30 pm on 20th May; and

(b) at 8.55 am and at 2.30 pm on each of 25th May, 27th May, 8th June, 15th June, 17th June, 22nd June and 24th June; and

    (2)   the proceedings shall be taken in the order shown in the first column of the following Table and shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the time specified in the second column of the Table.


ProceedingsTime for conclusion of proceedings
Clauses 1 to 5, Schedule 1, Clauses 6 to 14, Schedule 2, Clauses 15 and 16, Schedule 3, Clauses 17 to 30, Schedule 4, Clauses 31 to 41, Schedule 5, Clause 42, Schedule 6, Clauses 43 to 48, Schedule 7, Clause 49, Schedule 8, Clause 50, Schedule 9, Clauses 51 to 54, Schedule 10, Clauses 55 and 56, Schedule 11 and Clauses 57 to 64.6.00 pm on 27th May
Schedule 12, Clauses 65 and 66, Schedule 13, Clauses 67 to 72, Schedule 14, Clauses 73 to 78, Schedule 15, Clauses 79 to 96, Schedule 16, Clauses 97 to 135, Schedule 17, Clauses 136 to 138, Schedule 18, Clauses 139 and 140, Schedule 19, Clauses 141 to 156, Schedules 20 and 21, Clauses 157 to 170, Schedule 22, Clauses 171 to 193, Schedule 23, Clause 194, new Clauses, new Schedules and any remaining proceedings on the Bill.5.00 pm on 24th June

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