New Clause 37 - Commencement

Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:15 pm on 28 February 2006.

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’(1)Sections 1, (National targets for microgeneration), (National microgeneration targets; modification of section 1 of the Sustainable Energy Act 2003), (Sale of electricity generated by microgeneration: power to modify distribution and supply licences etc), (Exercise of powers under section (Sale of electricity generated by microgeneration: power to modify distribution and supply licences etc)), (Functions of the Gas and Electricity Markets authority in relation to microgeneration), (Review of permitted development orders), (Building regulations: microgeneration), (Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions: report regarding dynamic demand technologies), 9, (Parish councils and community councils: powers in relation to local energy saving measures), (Renewable heat), (Renewables obligation: issue of green certificates), (Renewables obligation: issue of green certificates: further provisions) and (Adjustment of transmission charges for electricity) come into force at the end of the period of two months beginning with the day on which this Act is passed.

(2)Sections 2, (Reports under section 1 of the Sustainable Energy Act 2003: microgeneration), (Reports under section 1 of the Sustainable Energy Act 2003: energy efficiency of residential accommodation) and (Reports under section 1 of the Sustainable Energy Act 2003: community energy projects and renewable heat) come into force on 1st January 2007.

(3)Sections (Promotion of reductions in carbon emissions: electricity distributors and suppliers), (Promotion of reductions in carbon emissions: gas transporters and suppliers) and (Consequential amendments) come into force in accordance with provision made by the Secretary of State by order.

(4)The power of the Secretary of State to make an order under subsection (3)—

(a)is exercisable by statutory instrument, and

(b)includes power to make such transitory, transitional or saving provision as the Secretary of State considers necessary or expedient.’.—[Malcolm Wicks.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister for energy, Department of Trade and Industry

I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Colleagues will be relieved to hear that I can be very brief. I propose that new clause 37 replace new clause 18, which has now been overtaken by events and which I therefore no longer intend to move. New clause 37 outlines the commencement periods for different clauses of the Bill. The majority of clauses will come into force two months after the Bill is passed, in line with convention. The reporting clauses that have been included on microgeneration energy, efficiency and residential accommodation, community energy projects and renewable heat will come into force on 1 January 2007 to fit in with existing governmental report cycles. The remaining clauses and schedules   that deal with promotion of reductions in carbon emissions will commence by order of the Secretary of State.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause read a Second time, and added to the Bill.