‘(1) For the purposes of requiring energy suppliers to assist in combating fuel poverty by the reduction of home heating costs and to meet carbon dioxide reduction targets the Secretary of State must within twelve months of the passing of this Act make regulations establishing a scheme requiring energy suppliers to install specified energy efficiency measures in residential properties.
(2) Regulations made pursuant to this section must specify:
(a) the energy measures to be included;
(b) that priority for installation of those measures shall be given to the homes of persons living in fuel poverty;
(c) the carbon dioxide reduction target to be achieved as a result of those measures; and
(d) such other matters that are in the opinion of the Secretary of State required for the setting up and operation of the scheme.
(3) In this section:
“fuel poverty” has the same meaning as in the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000.
“energy suppliers” means any person licensed to supply electricity pursuant to the Electricity Act 1989 and any person licensed to supply gas pursuant to the Gas Act 1986.’.—(Luciana Berger.)
On a point of order, Mr Crausby. As we are nearing the end of our proceedings, I just want to update the Committee. I am pleased to report that following the debate last week on new clause 27, which was proposed by my hon. Friend the Member for Wells, I have consulted with my colleagues at the Department for Communities and Local Government. I am very happy to say that they will work with us to consult stakeholders on the important issue of retaliatory eviction, and to gather a much greater evidence base. We will ensure that that group includes a wide range of appropriate stakeholders—
Order. We have not yet dealt with new clauses 24, 25 and 26. Allow me to deal formally with those new clauses and then you can continue with that point of order.
On a point of order, Mr Crausby. On new clause 27, I hope that the assurances that I have given the hon. Member for Wells regarding our commitment to wide-ranging stakeholder engagement on the issue will reassure her.
On a point of order, Mr Crausby. May I put it on the record that there is confusion? I was confused in the last vote, and I am confused as to whether pressing a proposal to a vote now means that we cannot table it on Report. Until I am clear about that, I do not know whether I want to press the new clause. I am sorry.
It is possible to move any provision on Report, but the politics are different, and that cannot be entirely explained by the Chair here. Technically, any provision may be moved on Report, but whether it is called is a matter for Mr Speaker. The hon. Lady will not obtain clarity on that question here, from me or anyone else. She will have to wait and see what happens on Report.