Moved by Lord Krebs
Leave out from “31” to end and insert “, do disagree with the Commons in their Amendments 31A and 31B, and do propose Amendment 31C in lieu—
31C: Leave out Clause 24 and insert the following new Clause—“OEP independence(1) The OEP has complete discretion in the carrying out of its functions, including in—(a) preparing its enforcement policy,(b) exercising its enforcement functions, and(c) preparing and publishing its budget.(2) The Secretary of State may issue guidance to the OEP on the matters listed in section 22(6)(c).(3) The OEP must have regard to the guidance in preparing its enforcement policy, unless there are material considerations that indicate otherwise.(4) Before issuing the guidance, the Secretary of State must—(a) prepare and consult on a draft,(b) lay the draft before Parliament, and(c) publish a response to the consultation.(5) The Secretary of State must publish the guidance when it comes into effect.(6) In making or terminating appointments under paragraph 1 and paragraph 5 of Schedule 1, the Secretary of State must obtain the consent of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Environmental Audit Committees of the House of Commons.””
Ayes 223, Noes 172.