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

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Mr Michael Meacher

33

Clause     1,     page     2,     line     22,      at end insert—

    '( )   An energy conservation authority must, at all reasonable times, keep a copy of any energy conservation report, or report sent to the Secretary of State under section 3(2)(a) of the principal Act, available for inspection by the public free of charge.

    ( )   In this section—

"energy conservation authority" has the same meaning as in the principal Act,"energy conservation report" means a report prepared under section 2 or 5 of the principal Act,"the principal Act" means the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 (c. 10).'.


   

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

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

48

*Page     3,     line     9,     leave out Clause 5.


   

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 Richard Bacon

45

Clause     7,     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     7,     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 Michael Meacher

40

Page     4,     line     3,     leave out Clause 7.


   

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

Failure of energy conservation authority to implement measures

   

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

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

       'Where the appropriate authority is satisfied that an energy conservation authority is failing to comply with section 1, subsections (5), (6) (9), (11), (12) and (13) of section 15 of the Local Government Act 1999 (which empower the appropriate authority to give directions to defaulting best value authorities as to the exercise by them of their functions or to transfer their functions to another person) shall apply in relation to that energy conservation authority.'.


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.'

 
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