Amendments proposed to the Home Energy Conservation Bill - continued House of Commons

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Dr Desmond Turner
Mr Tim Boswell
Sue Doughty
Dr Brian Iddon
Dr Ian Gibson
Mr Alan Simpson

18

Clause     2,     page     2,     line     24,     leave out from 'authority' to end of line 26 and insert 'shall make arrangements for the carrying out of the authority's functions under this Act and the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995, and shall identify an officer with responsibility for administering those arrangments.'.

   

Mr Michael Meacher

34

*Page     2,     line     23,     leave out Clause 2.


   

Dr Desmond Turner
Mr Tim Boswell
Sue Doughty
Dr Brian Iddon
Dr Ian Gibson
Mr Alan Simpson
Mr Michael Meacher

19

Page     2,     line     27,     leave out Clause 3.


   

Dr Desmond Turner
Mr Tim Boswell
Sue Doughty
Dr Brian Iddon
Dr Ian Gibson
Mr Alan Simpson

20

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     34,     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'appropriate authority'.

   

Dr Desmond Turner
Mr Tim Boswell
Sue Doughty
Dr Brian Iddon
Dr Ian Gibson
Mr Alan Simpson

21

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     35,     leave out 'his opinion' and insert 'the opinion of the authority'.

   

Dr Desmond Turner
Mr Tim Boswell
Sue Doughty
Dr Brian Iddon
Dr Ian Gibson
Mr Alan Simpson

22

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     42,     leave out 'him' and insert 'the appropriate authority'.

   

Dr Desmond Turner
Mr Tim Boswell
Sue Doughty
Dr Brian Iddon
Dr Ian Gibson
Mr Alan Simpson

23

Clause     4,     page     2,     line     43,     leave out 'him' and insert 'the appropriate authority'.

   

Dr Desmond Turner
Mr Tim Boswell
Sue Doughty
Dr Brian Iddon
Dr Ian Gibson
Mr Alan Simpson

24

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     1,     leave out 'Secretary of State' and insert 'appropriate authority'.

   

Dr Desmond Turner
Mr Tim Boswell
Sue Doughty
Dr Brian Iddon
Dr Ian Gibson
Mr Alan Simpson

25

Clause     4,     page     3,     line     6,     at end insert—

    '(4)   In this section "the appropriate authority" has the meaning given by section 1.'.

   

Mr Michael Meacher

36

*Page     2,     line     33,     leave out Clause 4.


   

Mr Michael Meacher

38

*Clause     5,     page     3,     line     10,     leave out from beginning to end of line 37 and insert—

    '(1)   For subsection (2) of section 345 of the Housing Act 1985 (meaning of "multiple occupation") there is substituted—

          "(2)   The Secretary of State may make regulations prescribing—

          (a) a description of building or part of a building which is, or is not, to be regarded as a house,

          (b) circumstances in which a person is, or is not, to be regarded as occupying a house, or

          (c) circumstances in which persons occupying a house are, or are not, to be regarded as forming a single household.

          (3)   Regulations under subsection (2)(a) may describe a building or part of a building by reference to its use.

          (4)   Any power to make regulations under this section is exercisable by statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.".

    (2)   In consequence of subsection (1), paragraph 44 of Schedule 9 to the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 is repealed.'


   

Mr Michael Meacher

39

*Page     3,     line     38,     leave out Clause 6.


   

Mr John Baron

26

Clause     7,     page     4,     line     17,     at end insert 'which shall include specific requirements relating to the provision, siting and maintenance of smoke alarms'.

   

Mr Michael Meacher

40

*Page     4,     line     3,     leave out Clause 7.


   

Mr Richard Bacon

45

*Clause     8,     page     4,     line     28,     at end insert—

    '(3)   Where the costs of refurbishing an HMO to a standard which meets the requirements of a scheme introduced under subsection (1) is equal to or exceeds 50 per cent. of the annual rental income of that HMO, the owner shall, within two years of the Secretary of State making an order under subsection (1), have the right to convert the HMO to single occupancy and to obtain planning permission for that purpose.'.

   

Mr Richard Bacon

46

*Clause     8,     page     4,     line     28,     at end insert—

    '(3)   Where the costs of refurbishing an HMO to a standard which meets the requirements of a scheme introduced under subsection (1) is equal to or exceeds 50 per cent. of the annual rental income of that HMO, the owner shall, within two years of the Secretary of State making an order subsection (1), have the right to convert the HMO to single occupancy and there shall be a presumption in favour of planning permission being granted for that purpose.'.

   

Mr John Baron

27

Clause     8,     page     4,     line     35,     leave out 'four' and insert 'three'.

   

Mr Richard Bacon

47

*Clause     8,     page     4,     leave out lines 36 and 37.

   

Mr Michael Meacher

41

*Page     4,     line     29,     leave out Clause 8.


   

Mr Michael Meacher

42

*Clause     10,     page     5,     line     13,     leave out subsection (2) and insert—

    '( )   The following provisions come into force at the end of the period of two months beginning with the day on which this Act is passed—

      (a) section (Registration schemes),

      (b) section (Model schemes and confirmation of schemes),

      (c) section (Wales), so far as relating to any power to make regulations conferred by either of those sections.

    ( )   Otherwise, this Act shall come into force on such day as the appropriate Minister may by order made by statutory instrument appoint; and different days may be appointed for different purposes.

    ( )   The appropriate Minister may by order made by statutory instrument make such transitional provisions and savings as he considers appropriate in connection with the coming into force of any provision of this Act.

    ( )   In this Act "the appropriate Minister" means—

      (a) in relation to England, the Secretary of State,

      (b) in relation to Wales, the National Assembly for Wales.'.


NEW CLAUSES

Registration schemes
   

Mr Michael Meacher

NC2

*To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   The Housing Act 1985 is amended as follows.

    (2)   For section 346 there is substituted—

          "346     Registration schemes    (1)   Every local housing authority shall make a registration scheme which contains—

          (a) provisions for the compilation and maintenance by the authority of a register for their district of houses in multiple occupation, and

          (b) control provisions (see section 347).

          (2)   A registration scheme need not be for the whole of the authority's district and need not apply to every description of house in multiple occupation.

          (3)   But a registration scheme must apply to every house in multiple occupation in the authority's district of a description prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State.

          (4)   A registration scheme may vary or revoke a previous registration scheme; and a scheme which revokes a previous scheme may contain transitional provisions.

          (5)   A local housing authority shall make—

          (a) a registration scheme containing provisions mentioned in subsection (1)(a) no later than the end of the period of one year beginning with the day on which section (Registration schemes) of the Home Energy Conservation Act 2002 comes into force; and

          (b) a registration scheme containing control provisions no later than the end of the period of two years beginning with that day.

          (6)   Any power to make regulations under this section is exercisable by statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.".

    (3)   In section 347(1) (control provisions), for "A registration scheme may contain control provisions, that is to say," there is substituted "In this Part "control provisions" means".

    (4)   In section 348B(1) (special control provisions), for "which contains control provisions may also" there is substituted "may".

    (5)   In section 349 (steps required to inform public about schemes), subsection (5) is repealed.'


Model schemes and confirmation of schemes
   

Mr Michael Meacher

NC3

*To move the following Clause:—

    'For section 346B of the Housing Act 1985 there is substituted—

          "346B     Model schemes and confirmation of schemes    (1)   The Secretary of State may prepare a model registration scheme, with or without special control provisions (see section 348B).

          (2)   A registration scheme which—

          (a) conforms to the model scheme, or

          (b) does not conform to the model scheme by reason only of containing provisions of a description prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State,

        does not require confirmation by the Secretary of State and comes into force on such date (at least one month, but not more than three months, after the making of the scheme) as may be specified in the scheme.

          (3)   If—

          (a) a registration scheme varies a previous registration scheme, and

          (b) the scheme as varied falls within subsection (2)(a) or (b),

        the registration scheme making the variation does not require confirmation by the Secretary of State and comes into force on such date (at least one month, but not more than three months, after the making of the scheme) as may be specified in the scheme.

          (4)   Any other registration scheme does not come into force unless confirmed by the Secretary of State.

          (5)   The Secretary of State may vary a scheme before confirming it.

          (6)   A scheme requiring confirmation comes into force one month after it is confirmed.

          (7)   If the Secretary of State varies or withdraws the model registration scheme, the registration scheme made by a local housing authority is revoked at the end of the relevant period unless during that period—

          (a) the scheme is revoked by another registration scheme made by the authority,

          (b) the scheme is varied so as to fall within subsection (2)(a) or (b), or

          (c) the scheme is re-confirmed by the Secretary of State or the authority make a registration scheme varying the scheme which is confirmed by him.

          (8)   The relevant period is the period of six months beginning with the day on which the Secretary of State varies or withdraws the model registration scheme.

          (9)   Any power to make regulations under this section is exercisable by statutory instrument subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.".'.

 
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