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Utilities Bill -
Amendments to be debated in the House of Lords

Here you can browse the Marshalled List of Amendments to the Utilities Bill to be moved on Report in the House of Lords.

     The amendments have been marshalled in accordance with the instruction of 29th June 2000, as follows-- 
 Clause 1
Schedule 1
Clause 2
Schedule 2
Clause 3
Schedule 3
Clauses 4 to 51
Schedule 4
Clause 52
Schedule 5
Clauses 53 to 107
Schedules 6 to 8
Clauses 108 and 109
 
 [Amendments marked * are new or have been altered] 
Amendment
No.
 
  
Clause 8
 
  
BY THE LORD McINTOSH OF HARINGEY
 
1     Page 5, line 37, at end insert (", or of preparations for") 
2     Page 6, line 2, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Any consultation undertaken by the Director General of Gas Supply, the Director General of Electricity Supply or the Secretary of State before the commencement of subsection (6) shall be as effective for the purposes of that subsection as if undertaken by the Authority after that time.")
 
  
Clause 9
 
  
BY THE LORD EZRA
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
3     Page 6, line 20, after ("of") insert ("existing and future") 
4     Page 6, line 35, at end insert ("; and
    (c)  the need to promote energy efficiency")
 
  
BY THE LORD JENKIN OF RODING
THE LORD FRASER OF CARMYLLIE
THE LORD EZRA
 
5     Page 7, line 21, at end insert--
    ("(c)  to safeguard the interests of consumers by securing a diverse and viable long-term energy supply;")
 
  
BY THE LORD EZRA
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
6     Page 7, leave out lines 25 and 26 
  
Clause 13
 
  
BY THE LORD EZRA
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
7     Page 9, line 28, after ("of") insert ("existing and future") 
8     Page 9, line 42, at end insert ("; and
    (c)  the need to promote energy efficiency")
 
  
BY THE LORD JENKIN OF RODING
THE LORD FRASER OF CARMYLLIE
THE LORD EZRA
 
9     Page 10, line 31, at end insert ("and
    (c)  to safeguard the interests of consumers by securing a diverse and long-term energy supply;")
 
  
BY THE LORD EZRA
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
10     Page 10, leave out lines 36 and 37 
  
Clause 18
 
  
BY THE LORD EZRA
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
11     Page 14, line 7, at end insert--
 
    ("(8)  Nothing in this section shall inhibit the appointment of lay members to committees.")
 
  
Clause 20
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BUSCOMBE
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
12*     Page 16, line 1, leave out from first (""complaints"") to ("to") in line 4 and insert ("means complaints made directly") 
  
Clause 22
 
  
BY THE LORD McINTOSH OF HARINGEY
 
13     Page 16, line 39, leave out ("of gas") 
14     Page 16, line 44, leave out ("authorised person") and insert ("person authorised by a licence or exemption") 
15     Page 18, leave out lines 12 to 14 
16     Page 18, line 23, leave out ("of electricity") 
17     Page 18, line 28, leave out ("authorised person") and insert ("person authorised by a licence or exemption") 
18     Page 19, leave out lines 43 to 45 
  
Clause 23
 
  
BY THE LORD McINTOSH OF HARINGEY
 
19     Page 21, leave out lines 29 and 30 
  
Clause 24
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BUSCOMBE
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
20*     Page 23, line 13, at end insert--
 
    ("(5)  Nothing in this section authorises the Council to direct the Authority to supply information which is subject to the restrictions on disclosure contained in section 55 of the Competition Act 1998 nor authorises the Authority to comply with such a direction.")
 
  
Clause 27
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BUSCOMBE
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
21*     Page 24, line 38, at end insert--
 
    ("(8)  Before making any regulations under this section the Secretary of State must consult--
    (a)  the Authority;
    (b)  the Council;
    (c)  such persons as appear to him to be representative of licence holders; and
    (d)  such other persons as he considers appropriate.")
 
  
Clause 30
 
  
BY THE LORD McINTOSH OF HARINGEY
 
22     Page 28, line 27, leave out ("or condition") 
  
Clause 43
 
  
BY THE LORD McINTOSH OF HARINGEY
 
23     Page 46, line 46, at end insert ("; and
    (  )  any advice given by the Health and Safety Commission or the Secretary of State under section 3C (advice about health and safety in relation to electricity)")
 
  
Clause 46
 
  
BY THE LORD McINTOSH OF HARINGEY
 
24     Page 51, leave out lines 42 to 45 and insert--
    ("(b)  a person ("the initial contributor") has made a payment to the distributor in respect of those expenses, the line or plant having been provided for the purpose of making a connection to any premises or distribution system as required by that person."")
 
  
Clause 48
 
  
BY THE LORD McINTOSH OF HARINGEY
 
25     Page 52, line 32, leave out from ("29;") to first ("any") in line 33 and insert--
    ("(b)  any terms which it is reasonable in all the circumstances for that person to be required to accept; and
    (c)  without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (b),")
 
  
Clause 50
 
  
BY THE LORD BEAUMONT OF WHITLEY
THE LORD EZRA
 
26     Page 53, line 15, at end insert--
    ("(  )  to facilitate the achievement of the Government's national renewable energy targets, including small-scale renewable generation through net metering"")
 
  
BY THE LORD EZRA
THE BARONESS SHARP OF GUILDFORD
 
27     Page 53, line 15, at end insert--
    ("(c)  to provide embedded generators with fair access at fair prices to the network"")
 
  
Schedule 4
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BUSCOMBE
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
28*     Page 126, line 45, after ("person") insert ("at any place other than premises at which electricity is being supplied under a contract with an authorised supplier or a deemed contract with an electricity supplier") 
  
BY THE LORD McINTOSH OF HARINGEY
 
29     Page 127, line 34, leave out ("belonging to") and insert ("provided by") 
30     Page 128, line 22, leave out from beginning to ("an") and insert ("Where an electricity supplier is authorised by paragraph 2(1) to install a pre-payment meter on any premises, any officer or other person authorised by the supplier may at all reasonable times enter the premises for the purpose of installing such a meter.
 
    (5)  A power of entry for the purpose of removing or installing")
 
31     Page 128, line 44, at end insert ("provided by the distributor") 
  
BY THE BARONESS BUSCOMBE
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
32*     Page 129, line 16, at end insert ("; or
    (c)  in the case of emergency, inspecting, repairing or re-installing any electricity meter")
 
  
Schedule 5
 
  
BY THE LORD McINTOSH OF HARINGEY
 
33     Page 131, line 2, leave out ("inserted") and insert ("substituted") 
34     Page 131, line 3, leave out ("inserted") and insert ("substituted") 
  
Clause 57
 
  
BY THE LORD McINTOSH OF HARINGEY
 
35     Page 57, line 22, leave out subsection (6) and insert--
 
    ("(6)  Subsection (3) shall cease to have effect.")
 
  
Clause 59
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BUSCOMBE
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
36*     Page 58, line 10, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The Authority shall not impose a penalty on a licence holder under subsection (1) where it is satisfied that the most appropriate way of proceeding is under the Competition Act 1998.")
 
37*     page 58, line 10, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  the Authority shall not impose a penalty under subsection (1) where the licence holder shows that--
    (a)  he used his best endeavours to avoid the contravention or failure in question; or
    (b)  the contravention or failure was due to circumstances beyond his control.")
 
  
BY THE LORD BORRIE
THE LORD CURRIE OF MARYLEBONE
 
38     Page 59, line 18, at end insert--
 
    ("(6A)  No penalty imposed by the Authority under this section may exceed 10 per cent. of the turnover of the licence holder (determined in accordance with provisions specified in an order made by the Secretary of State).
 
      (6B)  An Order under subsection (6A) shall not be made unless a draft of the instrument containing it has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.")
 
  
BY THE BARONESS BUSCOMBE
THE LORD KINGSLAND
 
39*     Page 60, line 36, leave out ("make an application") and insert ("appeal") 
40*     Page 60, line 38, leave out ("application") and insert ("appeal") 
41*     Page 60, line 41, leave out ("application") and insert ("appeal") 
42*     Page 60, line 44, at end insert--
 
    ("(2A)  An appeal under this section may be made and determined on one or more of the following grounds--
    (a)  that a material error as to the facts has been made;
    (b)  that there was a material procedural error;
    (c)  that an error of law has been made; or
    (d)  that there was some other material illegality, including unreasonableness or lack of proportionality.")
 
43*     Page 60, line 45, leave out from beginning to end of line 1 on page 61 and insert ("The court determining the appeal--") 
44*     Page 61, line 6, leave out ("application") and insert ("appeal") 
45*     Page 61, leave out lines 9 to 20 
46*     Page 61, line 21, leave out ("application") and insert ("appeal") 
47*     Page 61, line 23, leave out ("application") and insert ("appeal") 
48*     Page 61, line 30, leave out ("application") and insert ("appeal") 
49*     Page 61, line 44, leave out ("application") and insert ("appeal") 
50*     Page 61, line 46, leave out ("application") and insert ("appeal") 
51*     Page 62, line 1, leave out ("application") and insert ("appeal") 
52*     Page 62, line 5, at end insert-- 
 <~et>("Review of conditions giving rise to penalties.     27G.--(1)  It shall be the duty of the Authority to keep under review any licence condition the contravention of which may give rise to a liability to a financial penalty under section 27A.
 
    (2)  Where any such licence condition--
 
  
    (a) is expressed in insufficiently specific terms, or
 
  
    (b) may otherwise be interpreted ambiguously or without legal certainty,
 
 the Authority shall take appropriate steps to amend or revoke that condition in accordance with the procedures laid down in sections 23 to 26A."") 
 
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