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Clause 6


CCS demonstration projects and additional CCS use

Amendments made: 3, page 5, line 23, leave out 'coal-fired'.

Amendment 4, page 5, line 28, leave out 'coal-fired'.

Amendment 5, page 5, line 34, leave out 'section' and insert 'Part'.

Amendment 6, page 5, line 37, leave out 'coal-fired'.

Amendment 7, page 6, line 1, leave out 'coal-fired'.

Amendment 8, page 6, line 2 , leave out from 'scale' to end of line 5.- (Joan Ruddock.)

Clause 7


Interpretation of Part

Amendment made: 9, page 6, line 14, at end insert-

Clause 8


Schemes for reducing fuel poverty

Amendments made: 10, page 6, line 27, after 'requiring' insert 'benefits to be provided by'.

Amendment 11, page 6, line 27, leave out 'to provide benefits' and insert-

'( ) A scheme must provide for the benefits provided under it, taken as a whole, to be provided wholly or mainly'.

Amendment 12, page 7, line 5, leave out 'to scheme customers'.

Amendment 13, page 7, line 11, at end insert-

'( ) benefits to be provided in the form of goods or services.'.

Amendment 14, page 7, line 29, leave out 'to scheme customers'.- (Joan Ruddock.)

Clause 11


Reconciliation mechanism: licence modifications

Amendments made: 15, page 9, line 39, leave out from beginning to end of line 47 and insert-

'( ) Provision included by virtue of the power in subsection (1) in licences, or in a document or agreement relating to licences'.

Amendment 16, page 10, line 1, at end insert-

'( ) Without prejudice to section [Licence modifications etc](4), provision included by virtue of that power in a document or agreement relating to licences'.

Amendment 17, page 10, line 9, leave out subsections (5) to (7).- (Joan Ruddock.)


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Clause 12


Functions of Authority and Secretary of State under Part 2

Amendment made: 18, page 10, line 22, leave out subsections (1) and (2).- (Joan Ruddock.)

Clause 14


Schemes for reducing fuel poverty: interpretation

Amendment made: 19, page 12, line 7, leave out '7A' and insert '7A(1)'.- (Joan Ruddock.)

Clause 15


Schemes for reducing fuel poverty: consequential amendments

Amendment made: 20, page 12, line 20, leave out Clause 15.- (Joan Ruddock.)

Clause 18


Power to make modifications

Amendments made: 21, page 16, line 16, leave out 'by virtue of' and insert 'under'.

Amendment 22, page 16, line 21, at end insert-

'(8A) Before making modifications under subsection (1), the Secretary of State must consult-

(a) holders of licences under section 6(1)(a) of the Electricity Act 1989,

(b) the Authority, and

(c) such other persons as the Secretary of State thinks it is appropriate to consult.

(8B) Subsection (8A) may be satisfied by consultation before, as well as by consultation after, this Act comes into force.'.

Amendment 23, page 16, line 22, leave out subsection (9).- (Joan Ruddock.)

Clause 19


Modifications: procedure

Amendmen t made: 24, in page 17, line 8, leave out Clause 19. - (Joan Ruddock.)

Clause 20


Modifications: supplementary

Amendment made: 25, page 17, line 35, leave out Clause 20.- (Joan Ruddock.)

Clause 22


Final and provisional orders: appeals

Amendment made: 26, page 19, line 16, leave out subsection (10).- (Joan Ruddock.)


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Clause 23


Penalties: appeals

Amendments made: 27, page 19, line 38, at end insert-

'(d) vary any date by which the penalty, or any part of it, is required to be paid.'.

Amendment 28, page 19, line 39, leave out subsection (4).

Amendment 29, page 20, line 14, leave out subsection (10).- (Joan Ruddock.)

Clause 25


Expiry of power

Amendment made: 30, page 21, line 24, leave out subsection (8) and insert-

'(8) Before making a modification under subsection (7), the Secretary of State must consult-

(a) holders of licences under section 6(1)(a) of the Electricity Act 1989,

(b) the Authority, and

(c) such other persons as the Secretary of State thinks it is appropriate to consult.'.- (Joan Ruddock.)

Clause 27


Adjustment of charges to help disadvantaged groups of customers

Amendment made: 31, page 22, line 38, leave out subsections (8) and (9).- (Joan Ruddock.)

Clause 31


Amendments and Appeals

Amendment made: 32, page 25, line 22, leave out Clause 31.- (Joan Ruddock.)

Clause 36


Commencement

Amendments made: 33, page 27, line 15, after 'Part' insert

', apart from section [Consequential amendments] (and the Schedule),'.

Amendment 34, page 27, line 16, leave out 'Sections 18 to 25' and insert 'The following provisions'.

Amendment 35, page 27, line 17, at end insert-

'(a) sections 18 to 25;

(b) paragraphs 7 and 8 of the Schedule (and, so far as relating to them, paragraphs 1 and 5 of the Schedule and section [Consequential amendments]).'.- (Joan Ruddock.)

New Schedule 1


Consequential amendments

Gas Act 1986 (c.44)

1 The Gas Act 1986 is amended as follows.

2 (1) In section 28(8) (orders for securing compliance), in the definition of "relevant requirement" -

(a) for", 33F, 41A or 41B" substitute "or 33F";

(b) at the end insert "or section 8 or 10 of the Energy Act 2010 (schemes for reducing fuel poverty) or sections 27 to 30 of that Act (adjustment of charges to help disadvantaged groups of customers)".


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(2) Nothing in sub-paragraph (1)(b) is to be taken to limit the kind of provision that can be made by regulations under section 8 or 10 about enforcement of a requirement imposed by, or payment of a sum due under, the regulations.

3 Omit sections 41A and 41B (adjustment of charges to help disadvantaged groups of electricity customers).

4 In section 64(2) (provisions as to orders), omit "41A,".

Electricity Act 1989 (c. 29)

5 The Electricity Act 1989 is amended as follows.

6 (1) In section 25 (8) (orders for securing compliance), in the definition of "relevant requirement" -

(a) for ",42C, 43A or 43B" substitute "or 42C";

(b) at the end insert "or section 8 or 10 of the Energy Act 2010 (schemes for reducing fuel poverty) or sections 27 to 30 of that Act (adjustment of charges to help disadvantaged groups of customers)".

(2) Nothing in sub-paragraph (1)(b) is to be taken to limit the kind of provision that can be made by regulations under section 8 or 10 about enforcement of a requirement imposed by, or payment of a sum due under, the regulations.

7 In section 27 (validity and effect of orders), after subsection (8) insert-

"(9) Subsections (1) to (3) do not apply in the case of a final or provisional order that relates to a relevant condition imposed by the exercise of the power in section 18(1) of the Energy Act 2010 (prevention of exploitation of electricity trading and transmission arrangements).

(10) for provision about appeals relating to such orders, see section 22 of the Energy Act 2010."

8 In section 27E (appeals), after subsection (9) insert-

"(10) This section does not apply in the case of a penalty that relates to a relevant condition imposed by the exercise of the power in section 18(1) of the Energy Act 2010 (prevention of exploitation of electricity trading and transmission arrangements).

(11) For provision about appeals relating to such penalties, see section 23 of the Energy Act 2010."

9 Omit sections 43A and 43B (adjustment of charges to help disadvantaged groups of gas customers).

10 In section 106(2) (provisions as to orders), omit "43A,".

Utilities Act 2000 (c.27)

11 The Utilities Act 2000 is amended as follows.

12 In section 33(1) (standard conditions of electricity licences)-

(a) after paragraph (c) omit "or";

(b) after paragraph (d) insert "or

(e) under the Energy Act 2010."

13 Omit section 69 (help for disadvantaged groups of electricity customers).

14 In section 81 (2) (standard conditions of gas licences)-

(a) for "2004 or" substitute "2004,";

(b) after "2008" insert "or under the Energy Act 2010".

15 Omit section 98 (help for disadvantaged groups of gas customers).

16 In section 105 (general restrictions on disclosure of information)-

(a) in subsection (1), after "2004" insert "or Part 2 or section 28 or 29 of the Energy Act 2010";

"(b) in subsection (3)(a), after "2008" insert", Part 2 or section 29 of the Energy Act 2010".'. - (Joan Ruddock.)

Brought up, and added to the Bill.


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Title

Amendment made: 36, in title, line 2, after 'technology;' insert

'to make provision about reports on decarbonisation of electricity generation and development and use of carbon capture and storage technology;'.- (Joan Ruddock.)

Third Reading

6.30 pm

Edward Miliband: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Third time.

I thank Members for their contributions since Second Reading. I particularly thank the Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, my hon. Friend the Member for Lewisham, Deptford (Joan Ruddock)-who has done such a fantastic job in leading our work on the Bill-and the Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, my hon. Friend the Member for Stafford (Mr. Kidney), for their able steering of the legislation. I also thank my hon. Friends, and Opposition spokespeople and Back Benchers, for their contributions.

The work that has been done has helped to strengthen the Bill in a number of respects. It has helped in relation to the scope of the CCS incentive, the reporting of progress towards decarbonising our electricity supply, and consumer protection. The relatively speedy passage of the Bill has been due partly to the able work done in Committee, and partly because it was designed as a short Bill that could make swift progress before a general election. Our task now is to send the Bill to the other place so that it can make further progress.

Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire) (LD) rose-

Edward Miliband: I want to deal with the main aspects of the Bill briefly, in view of the time and because other Members wish to speak, but I will give way to the hon. Gentleman.

Lembit Öpik: Obviously it is important for the Bill to be passed in the House of Commons, but does the Secretary of State accept that practical issues remain with which it cannot deal? I am thinking, for example, of the transport of equipment relating to wind turbines in my constituency, which is a very vexing issue. May I report to the Secretary of State after my ministerial meeting about it? It might be useful for him to understand, in the context of the United Kingdom as a whole, practical issues that concern local communities.

Edward Miliband: I admire the hon. Gentleman's characteristic ingenuity in inserting a question about the transport of wind turbines into a Third Reading debate. I look forward to hearing from him-even if it is too late for the purposes of the Bill-about what more can be done about that important issue.

The Bill contains a number of important provisions. The most important involves carbon capture and storage, and the levy to fund it. It should be emphasised that, by common consent, we now have the most environmentally ambitious coal conditions in the world, and I hope that we are nearing a growing consensus on conditions for new coal-fired power stations. It is important to send the message about investment in those stations.


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