Public Bill Committees

Previously called Standing Committees, Public Bill Commitees study proposed legislation (Bills) in detail, debating each clause and reporting any amendments to the Commons for further debate.

There are at least 16 MPs on a Committee, and the proportion of parties reflects the House of Commons, so the government always has a majority.

  • Energy Bill

    1st sitting · Tuesday, 5 February 2008 · 93 speeches

    (Morning)

  • Energy Bill

    2nd sitting · Tuesday, 5 February 2008

    [Mr. David Amess in the Chair]

  • Energy Bill

    3rd sitting · Tuesday, 19 February 2008

    [Mr. David Amessin the Chair]

    • Further written evidence reported to the House

      107 speeches

      EN 07 Carbon Capture and Storage Association EN 08 Mayor of London EN 09 CBI EN 10 Tom Burke EN 11 Oil and Gas UK EN 12 British Wind Energy Association EN 13 Renewable Energy Association

  • Energy Bill

    4th sitting · Thursday, 21 February 2008 · 1 speech

    [Mrs. Joan Humblein the Chair]

    • Clause 1

      12 speeches

      Exploitation of areas outside the territorial sea for gas importation and storage

    • Clause 2

      14 speeches

      Prohibition on unlicensed activities

  • Energy Bill

    5th sitting · Thursday, 21 February 2008

    [Mr. David Amess in the Chair]

    • Clause 7

      15 speeches

      Offence to carry on unlicensed activities

    • Clause 8

      7 speeches

      Offences relating to licences

    • Clause 9

      4 speeches

      Secretary of state’s power of direction

    • Clause 10

      2 speeches

      Failure to comply with a direction under section 9

    • Clause 14

      4 speeches

      Interaction with the petroleum licensing requirements

    • Clause 16

      43 speeches

      Prohibition on unlicensed activities

  • Energy Bill

    6th sitting · Tuesday, 26 February 2008

    [Mr. David Amess in the Chair]

    • Clause 18

      47 speeches

      Requirements relating to grant of licences

    • Clause 20

      30 speeches

      Content of licences: regulations

    • Clause 21

      1 speech

      Offence to carry on unlicensed activities

  • Energy Bill

    7th sitting · Tuesday, 26 February 2008

    [Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair]

    • Clause 21

      4 speeches

      offence to carry on unlicensed activities

    • Clause 23

      2 speeches

      Secretary of state’s power of direction

    • Clause 24

      2 speeches

      Failure to comply with a direction under section 23

    • Clause 25

      1 speech

      Injunctions restraining breaches of section 16(1)

    • Clause 30

      5 speeches

      Termination of licence: regulations

    • Schedule 1

      2 speeches

      Amendments relating to Chapters 2 and 3 of Part 1

  • Energy Bill

    8th sitting · Thursday, 28 February 2008

    [Mr. David Amess in the Chair]

  • Energy Bill

    9th sitting · Thursday, 28 February 2008

    [Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair]

    • Clause 37

      1 speech

      Section 36: supplemental provision

    • Clause 38

      1 speech

      Existing savings relating to section 32 of the Electricity Act 1989

    • Clause 39

      9 speeches

      The Northern Ireland renewables obligation

    • Clause 40

      22 speeches

      Offshore electricity transmission

    • Schedule 2

      1 speech

      Decommissioning of energy installations

    • Clause 41

      23 speeches

      Duty to submit a funded decommissioning programme

  • Energy Bill

    10th sitting · Tuesday, 4 March 2008 · 2 speeches

    [Mr. David Amess in the Chair]

    • Clause 41

      59 speeches

      Duty to submit a funded decommissioning programme

    • Clause 44

      2 speeches

      Modification of approved programme

  • Energy Bill

    11th sitting · Tuesday, 4 March 2008

    [Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair]

    • Clause 44

      2 speeches

      Modification of approved programme

    • Clause 45

      3 speeches

      Procedure for modifying approved programme

    • Clause 47

      1 speech

      Time when modification takes effect

    • Clause 48

      7 speeches

      Provision of information and documents

    • Clause 49

      21 speeches

      Power to review operation of programme

    • Clause 50

      29 speeches

      Nuclear decommissioning: regulations and guidance

    • Clause 51

      1 speech

      Funded decommissioning programmes: verification of financial matters

    • Clause 53

      16 speeches

      Offence to fail to comply with approved programme

    • Clause 54

      1 speech

      Secretary of State’s power of direction

    • Clause 58

      1 speech

      Power to apply this Chapter to other nuclear installations

    • Clause 59

      3 speeches

      Co-operation with other public bodies

    • Clause 61

      1 speech

      Amendment of Nuclear Installations Act 1965

  • Energy Bill

    12th sitting · Thursday, 6 March 2008

    [Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair]

    • Clause 64

      33 speeches

      Decommissioning notices relating to offshore renewable energy installations

    • Clause 65

      3 speeches

      Security for decommissioning obligations

    • Clause 66

      3 speeches

      Provision of information to Secretary of State

    • Clause 67

      15 speeches

      Persons who may be required to submit abandonment programmes

    • Clause 69

      0 speeches

      Protection of abandonment funds from creditors

    • Clause 70

      8 speeches

      Information about decommissioning of wells

  • Energy Bill

    13th sitting · Thursday, 6 March 2008

    [Mr. David Amess in the Chair]

    • Clause 70

      3 speeches

      Information about decommissioning of wells

    • Clause 71

      7 speeches

      Transfers without the consent of the Secretary of State

    • Clause 72

      23 speeches

      Model clauses of petroleum licences

    • Schedule 3

      20 speeches

      Petroleum licences: amendments to model clauses

    • Clause 73

      13 speeches

      Third party access to infrastructure

    • Clause 75

      1 speech

      Third party access to oil processing facilities

    • Clause 76

      1 speech

      Directions under section 75: supplemental

  • Energy Bill

    14th sitting · Tuesday, 11 March 2008

    [Mr. David Amess in the Chair]

    • Clause 81

      1 speech

      Power to amend licence conditions: gas

    • Clause 83

      1 speech

      Section 82: consequential amendments

    • Clause 84

      1 speech

      Power to amend licence conditions: electricity

    • None

      1 speech

      Security of sensitive nuclear information

  • Energy Bill

    15th sitting · Tuesday, 11 March 2008

    [Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair]

    • Clause 86

      14 speeches

      Security of sensitive nuclear information

    • New Clause 1

      0 speeches

      Smart meters ‘(1) The Secretary of State shall make regulations which require smart meters to be installed for gas and electricity in all homes by the end of a specified period of ten years...

    • New Clause 4

      0 speeches

      Information on contributions towards environmental taxes ‘(1) The Secretary of State shall make regulations requiring energy utilities companies to specify the proportion of those...

    • New Clause 5

      0 speeches

      Annual report on gas storage ‘The Secretary of State shall, in each calendar year following that in which this Act is passed, lay before Parliament a report on— (a) his assessment of...

    • New Clause 6

      0 speeches

      Feed-in tariffs ‘(1) The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision to introduce feed-in tariffs for renewable micro-generation and decentralised energy. (2) In this...

    • New Clause 10

      19 speeches

      Renewable heat obligation ‘(1) The Secretary of State shall make regulations which introduce a renewable heat obligation on suppliers of fossil heating fuels. (2) In this section a...

    • New Clause 11

      20 speeches

      Duty to encourage a reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases ‘In section 3A of the Electricity Act (c. 29) (the principal objective and general duties of the Secretary of State and the...

    • New Clause 15

      0 speeches

      Extension of Marine Renewables Deployment Fund ‘The Secretary of State shall make regulations to extend the remit of the Marine Renewables Deployment Fund to include support for the early...

    • New Clause 25

      7 speeches

      Energy usage in homes and businesses ‘The Secretary of State shall, in each calendar year following that in which this Act is passed, lay before Parliament a report on— (a) total...

All bills in this session

Committee membership and attendance (out of 15)

Chairpersons

  • David Amess (8)
  • Joan Humble (7)

Members

  • Brian Iddon (15)
  • Stephen Ladyman (14)
  • Nick Palmer (14)
  • Paddy Tipping (12)
  • Steve Webb (13)
  • Alan Whitehead (14)
  • Malcolm Wicks (15)
  • John Robertson (15)
  • John Baron (15)
  • Charles Hendry (15)
  • Albert Owen (13)
  • Hugo Swire (15)
  • Martin Horwood (15)
  • Jamie Reed (15)
  • Brian Binley (11)
  • Alison Seabeck (15)
  • Anne Main (13)

[ Committee memberships can change partway through ]