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Wednesday 8th May 2002


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CONSIDERATION OF BILL

HOME ENERGY CONSERVATION BILL, AS AMENDED


   

Mr Michael Meacher

11

*Page     1,     line     4     [Clause     1],     leave out from beginning to end of line 17 on page 2 and insert—

    '(1)   After section 2 of the principal Act there is inserted—

          "2A Energy efficiency reports    (1)   Where a target applies for the time being to an energy conservation authority in England and Wales, the authority shall prepare a report in accordance with this section.

          (2)   The report shall set out the energy conservation measures that the authority considers practicable, cost-effective and likely to result in the target being met.

          (3)   An energy conservation authority in England and Wales shall, so far as is reasonably practicable, implement so as to meet the target any report which it has prepared in accordance with this section and published.

          (4)   In this section a target means a requirement to achieve an improvement (which may be expressed as a percentage) in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in the authority's area within a specified time.

          (5)   A target applies to an authority at any time when—

          (a) the Secretary of State, after consulting the Local Government Association of England and Wales, has made a determination specifying the target and providing for it to apply to the authority or to authorities including the authority, and

          (b) the target has been published in any manner the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

          (6)   The Secretary of State may by a further determination made after consultation with the association and so published vary any previous determination and any target shall have effect accordingly.

          (7)   Subsections (3) to (7) of section 2 apply for the purposes of this section.

          (8)   On the application to an authority of a target under this section, this Act so far as it relates to reports under section 2 ceases to apply in relation to the authority".

    (2)   In sections 3 (functions of Secretary of State) and 5(1) (modification) of the principal Act, after each mention of "section 2" there is inserted "or 2A", and—

      (a) at the end of section 4(2) there is inserted "for the purposes of reports under section 2",

      (b) after section 4(2) there is inserted—

          "(2A)   The Secretary of State may give energy conservation authorities in England and Wales such guidance as he considers appropriate in relation to the exercise of their functions under section 2A and (so far as relating to that section) section 3(2)(a).",

      (c) in section 5(2), for "subsections (2) to (6) of section 2" there is substituted "sections 2 and 2A".

    (3)   In section 6 of the principal Act (supplementary), after subsection (2) there is inserted—

          "(3)   An energy conservation authority in England and Wales must—

          (a) at all reasonable times keep a copy of any report under section 2 or 2A, and of any report sent to the Secretary of State under section 3(2)(a), available for inspection by members of the public free of charge, and

          (b) provide reasonable facilities for members of the public to obtain copies of such reports on payment of a reasonable charge.

          (4)   The Secretary of State may by regulations made by statutory instrument require registered social landlords to provide each energy conservation authority in England and Wales within whose area they have residential accommodation with prescribed information, in the prescribed form, as to the levels of performance achieved by them in relation to the energy efficiency of the accommodation.

          (5)   A registered social landlord who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with a requirement imposed by regulations under subsection (4) is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

        Proceedings for an offence under this subsection may only be brought by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

          (5)   In this section, "prescribed" means prescribed by regulations under subsection (4) and "registered social landlord" has the same meaning as in the Housing Act 1996; and a statutory instrument containing regulations under subsection (4) shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament".'.

     As an Amendment to Mr Michael Meacher's proposed Amendment (No. 11) (Page 1, line 4 [Clause 1])

   

Mr Gregory Barker
Mr Peter Bottomley
Sir Sydney Chapman
Mr Richard Bacon

(a)

*Line     1,     after '(1)', insert—

       'The appropriate Minister shall in exercising any functions under this section or under the principal Act, and in considering whether or not to exercise those functions, have as a principal aim the achievement of an improvement in energy efficiency in residential accommodation of at least 30 per cent. by the end of 2010, taking 1st January 1996 as the base line date.'.

   

Dr Desmond Turner
Mr Alan Simpson
Mr David Lepper
Dr Ian Gibson

1

Page     1     [Clause     1],     leave out lines 7 to 11.

   

Dr Desmond Turner
Mr Alan Simpson
Mr David Lepper
Dr Ian Gibson

3

Page     1,     line     13     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(3A)   The appropriate Minister shall in exercising any functions under this section or under the principal Act, and in considering whether or not to exercise those functions, have as a principal aim the achievement of an improvement in energy efficiency in residential accommodation of at least 20 per cent. by the end of 2010, taking 1st January 2002 as the base line date.

    (3B)   The appropriate Minister may from time to time set targets for the level of improvements to be achieved by each energy authority during the improvement periods, and may set different targets for different energy conservation authorities.

    (3C)   It shall be the duty of each energy conservation authority to take such measures, including amending or modifying the authority's energy conservation report, as may be reasonably practicable to ensure that any such target applicable to the authority's area is met.

    (3D)   The appropriate Minister shall before setting any target under this section carry out such consultations as the Minister considers appropriate with representatives of local authorities.

    (3E)   In subsection (3B) "the improvement periods" means—

      (a) the period beginning with the date subsection (3B) comes into force and ending on 31st December 2010, and

      (b) such later period or periods commencing on 1st January 2011 and ending on such date as may be prescribed by order made by statutory instrument.

       A statutory instrument under this subsection shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.'.


   

Mr Michael Meacher

5

*Page     2,     line     26,     leave out Clause 2.

   

Dr Desmond Turner
Mr Alan Simpson
Mr David Lepper
Dr Ian Gibson

2

Page     2     [Clause     1],     leave out lines 9 to 13.

   

Mr Michael Meacher

12

*Page     2     [Clause     1],     leave out lines 19 to 22.


   

Mr Michael Meacher

9

*Page     3,     line     31     [Clause     3],     leave out from 'provision;' to end of line 34 and insert—

      '(c) shall be made by statutory instrument; and

      (d) shall not be made unless a draft of them has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.".'.


   

Sue Doughty
Dr Vincent Cable

4

*Clause     4,     page     4,     leave out lines 8 to 10 and insert—

    '(3)   But a registration scheme must apply to every house in multiple occupation in the authority's district, which

      (a) consists of more than two storeys, for which purpose an attic or basement shall be considered a storey unless used solely for purposes other than accommodation, or

      (b) is occupied by more than four adults.'.


   

Mr Michael Meacher

13

*Page     6,     line     15     [Clause     7],     leave out 'reference' and insert 'references'.

   

Mr Michael Meacher

14

*Page     6,     line     15     [Clause     7],     after '1985' insert 'and the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995'.

   

Mr Michael Meacher

15

*Page     6,     line     16     [Clause     7],     leave out 'is' and insert 'are'.

   

Mr Michael Meacher

16

*Page     6,     line     17     [Clause     7],     leave out 'that Act' and insert 'those Acts'.

   

Mr Michael Meacher

6

*Page     6,     line     28     [Clause     9],     leave out 'Section 1 comes' and insert 'Sections 1 and [Fuel poverty] come'.

   

Mr Michael Meacher

10

*Page     6,     line     30     [Clause     9],     leave out from beginning to 'come' in line 36 and insert—

    '(3)   Sections 4, 5 and (Review of schemes not conforming to model scheme) come into force at the end of the period of six months beginning with the day on which this Act is passed.

    (4)   Sections 3 and 6'.


   

Mr Michael Meacher

7

*Page     7,     line     4     [Clause     9],     leave out 'Act' and insert 'section'.

 
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