Amendment 58A

Part of Energy Bill [HL] - Report (1st Day) (Continued) – in the House of Lords at 9:45 pm on 28 March 2023.

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Photo of Lord Foster of Bath Lord Foster of Bath Liberal Democrat 9:45, 28 March 2023

My Lords, the time is late; I shall be very quick indeed. I was well aware, of course, of the work that has been done looking at the package of arrangements around solar panels and their batteries. I really wanted to use it as a peg on which to hang the wider issue of all forms of lithium batteries, in particular. I am pleased to hear about the 2018 established group. It would be very helpful if we could see some of the output of that. I am grateful, too, to hear that there are going to be new standards, but the truth is very simple: you can have all the standards you like, and the products may be okay, but if they are not used appropriately and not decommissioned appropriately, then real problems exist, and that is what is happening. There are a huge number of fires in our landfill sites because people are not doing what they are meant to do in disposing of batteries. We have to find a way forward. That is why I wanted a report. I am disappointed that the Minister is not prepared to go further, but at this stage I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 58A withdrawn.

Consideration on Report adjourned.

House adjourned at 10 pm.