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Part of Energy Bill [HL] – in the House of Lords at 6:30 pm on 8th March 2011.

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Photo of Lord Judd Lord Judd Labour 6:30 pm, 8th March 2011

In those circumstances, I thank the Minister. His response has been very constructive throughout our deliberations on this matter, and this is very encouraging news. I just say to the noble Lord, Lord Deben, that every time he speaks on the national parks, I am dying to know which two national parks so obviously got under his skin when he was Secretary of State.

With regard to the point about the role of the parks and the role of the people within them, as I understand it, that is very much how the authorities envisage the future. They have to be certain that people who undertake projects of this or any other kind do so in the context of the purposes of the parks and that they do it in the most sensitive, environmentally friendly way, respecting the objectives and not breaking them. However, if people want to undertake possibilities of this kind within that firm commitment, I am sure that the park authorities will welcome such co-operation with those who want to play a part.

Above all, I thank the Minister and, at this stage, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 168 withdrawn.

Amendment 169

Moved by Lord Lea of Crondall

169: After Clause 101, insert the following new Clause-

"PART 4AEnergy revenues, taxes and subsidies: equitable price effects

Energy revenues, taxes and subsidies: equitable price effects

(1) The Treasury shall publish an annual financial abstract of all fiscal and quasi-fiscal instruments, including revenues, tax expenditures and subsidies, which relate to the supply of energy, including hydrocarbons.

(2) The Office for Budget Responsibility shall produce annual assessments, having regard to each carbon budgetary period specified under the Climate Change Act 2008, of the incidence on each sector of the economy, including-

(a) manufacturing and services;

(b) public and private transport, including-

(i) road travel (by bus and private vehicles),

(ii) rail and air travel (both personal and freight);

(c) home and industrial heating.

(3) The Office for National Statistics shall publish in easily assimilable form an assessment of how each fiscal instrument or market intervention affects consumers with different levels of income.

(4) Both assessments shall be tabled for discussion at a periodic forum of industry, trade unions, consumers and other stakeholders; and the forum shall publish its minutes and executive summaries of documentation shall be circulated widely."