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Amendment Paper as at
Thursday 24th January 2002

STANDING COMMITTEE C


Dr Desmond Turner That, if proceedings on the Home Energy Conservation Bill are not concluded at today's sitting, the Committee do meet on Tuesday 5th February at half-past Ten o'clock and half-past Four o'clock.

HOME ENERGY CONSERVATION BILL

   

Mr Michael Meacher

28

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     4,     leave out from 'shall' to end of line 17 and insert—

       'take all such steps as are reasonably practicable to implement the measures set out in any energy conservation report prepared by the authority.

    ( )   Where any measures set out in such a report have been modified by a further report, the measures referred to in subsection (1) are the measures as modified.'.

As an Amendment to Mr Michael Meacher's proposed Amendment (No. 28) (Clause 1, page 1, line 4):

   

Mr Alan Simpson
Sue Doughty
Sir Sydney Chapman

(a)

*Line     4,     at end insert—

    '( )   Where the report includes any energy efficiency target, however expressed, and a date or a time-scale set by the authority for meeting any such energy efficiency target, the requirement in subsection (1) to implement the measures in the report is a requirement to implement those measures by that date or within the time-scale.'.

   

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

1

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     5,     leave out 'achieve' and insert 'ensure that'.

   

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

2

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     6,     leave out 'it'.

   

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

3

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     7,     leave out '('the 1995 Act')' and insert 'are met'.

   

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

4

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     10,     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

5

Clause     1,     page     1,     leave out lines 13 and 14.

   

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

6

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     17,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   The appropriate authority shall consult such energy conservation authorities, representatives of registered social landlords, utility companies and other persons as the authority considers appropriate with regard to the standards and performance indicators to be set for the purposes of subsection (1)(a), and after such consultation has taken place the appropriate authority shall make regulations setting such standards and performance indicators.'.

   

Mr Michael Meacher

29

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     18,     leave out subsection (2) and insert—

    '( )   In section 35(2) of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52.) (duty to provide information as to standards of performance in connection with housing)—

      (a) after "shall" there is inserted "(a)",

      (b) at end there is inserted—

          "(b) so far as the information referred to in paragraph (a) relates to the level of performance achieved by him in connection with the energy efficiency of residential accommodation within the area of a local housing authority, provide the information also to that authority in such form as may be so specified.

      In paragraph (b), "energy efficiency" and "residential accommodation" have the same meanings as in the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995.".'.

   

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

7

Clause     1,     page     1,     line     19,     leave out 'Secretary of State may by regulation require registered social landlords and the managers of government energy efficiency programmes to report to energy conservation authorities' and insert 'appropriate authority shall, after consultation with such energy conservation authorities, representatives of registered social landlords, utility companies and other persons as the authority considers appropriate, make regulations requiring—

      (a) utility companies to report annually to the Energy Saving Trust, and

      (b) registered social landlords, managers of government funded energy efficiency schemes and the Energy Saving Trust to report annually to energy conservation authorities,'.

   

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

8

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     1,     leave out 'stipulated' and insert 'prescribed'.

   

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

9

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     2,     leave out 'them' and insert 'the body making the report and in the case of the Energy Saving Trust also by the utility companies (and different formats may be prescribed for different cases).'.

   

Mr Michael Meacher

30

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     3,     leave out subsection (3).

   

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

10

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     4,     leave out '(1)(c)' and insert '(1)'.

   

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

11

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     11,     leave out 'subsection (3)(a)' and insert 'paragraph (a)'.

   

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

12

Clause     1,     page     2,     leave out lines 13 and line 14 and insert 'paragraph; and—

      (c) where a registered social landlord has taken over the ownership of housing stock from a local authority the authority may, after consultation with that landlord, set targets which are reasonable and compatible with any format the landlord is required to use in reporting to the authority in compliance with regulations made under subsection (2) for energy efficiency improvements to be achieved with respect to that housing stock (which may differ for different parts of the housing stock), and the landlord shall take reasonable steps to ensure that any such target is achieved so far as is reasonably practicable.

       Each energy conservation authority may take such reasonable action as it thinks fit to ensure the targets are achieved so far as is reasonably practicable.'.

   

Mr Michael Meacher

31

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     15,     leave out subsection (4) and insert—

    '( )   The power of the appropriate Minister to give energy conservation authorities guidance under section 4(1) of the principal Act (guidance in relation to preparation of reports) includes power to give them such guidance as he considers appropriate in relation to the implementation, within such period as he considers appropriate, of measures set out in the reports there mentioned.'.

   

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

13

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     16,     leave out 'Secretary of State may' and insert 'appropriate authority shall'.

   

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

14

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     17,     leave out 'stipulate guidelines for' and insert 'issue guidance with respect to'.

   

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

15

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     19,     leave out 'for'.

   

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

16

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     19,     at end insert 'and the authorities shall comply with any such guidance.

    (4A)   Copies of any report referred to in section 2, 3 or 5 of the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 (reports by authorities on energy conservation measures to be taken by the authority and others, and progress reports) made by an energy conservation authority shall be made available to members of the public at the offices of the authority during working hours.

    (4B)   In this section—

      "the appropriate authority" means, in relation to England, the Secretary of State and, in relation to Wales, means the National Assembly for Wales;

      "energy conservation authority" has the same meaning as in the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995;

      "registered social landlord" means a body for the time being registered as a social landlord under Chapter I of Part I of the Housing Act 1996; and

      "utility company" means any body supplying gas or electricity to domestic consumers.'.

   

Mr Michael Meacher

32

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     20,     leave out subsection (5).

   

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

17

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     20,     leave out 'pursuant to this Part' and insert 'under this section'.

 
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