Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Thirty-Second Report


APPENDIX 8

Memorandum by the Department of Trade and Industry

MOTOR FUEL (DESIGNATED FILLING STATIONS AND FUEL DEPOTS) ORDER 2000 (S.I. 2000/2484)

LIQUID AND GASEOUS FUEL (DESIGNATED FILLING STATIONS AND FUEL DEPOTS) ORDER 2000 (S.I. 2000/2522)

LIQUID AND GASEOUS FUEL (DESIGNATED FILLING STATIONS AND FUEL DEPOTS) (NO. 2) ORDER 2000 (S.I. 2000/2523)

LIQUID AND GASEOUS FUEL (DESIGNATED FILLING STATIONS AND FUEL DEPOTS) (NO. 3) ORDER 2000 (S.I. 2000/2530)

LIQUID AND GASEOUS FUEL (DESIGNATED FILLING STATIONS AND FUEL DEPOTS) (NO. 4) ORDER 2000 (S.I. 2000/2533)

LIQUID AND GASEOUS FUEL (DESIGNATED FILLING STATIONS AND FUEL DEPOTS) (NO. 5) ORDER 2000 (S.I. 2000/2535)

1. The Committee has requested the Department to submit a memorandum on the following point:

    "Each of these Orders is expressed to be made in exercise of the powers conferred by section 1(1)(a) of the Energy Act 1976, which enables the making of Orders to "provide for regulating or prohibiting the production, supply, acquisition or use of " any of the fuels specified in that section. Explain in what way these Orders so provide."

2. The Department considers that in combination with other matters the Orders (which are all now revoked) had the effect of regulating the supply of fuel.

3. As set out in the Explanatory Note to each Order, the depots and filling stations concerned were designated in order to allow the Secretary of State to make further Orders or give directions under the Energy Act 1976 (c.76) in order to regulate supply by reference to those premises. In the event, the oil companies agreed on a voluntary basis to direct fuel to the designated sites and supply at those sites only those categories of persons the Secretary of State instructed should be supplied. A great deal of publicity was given to these arrangements at the time.

10 November 2000


 
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