New Clause 23 - Duty of Secretary of State to make regulations regarding the installation of energy efficiency measures by energy suppliers

Energy Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:45 pm on 21st June 2011.

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‘(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.)

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time.

The Committee divided: Ayes 6, Noes 10.

Division number 15 Decision Time — New Clause 23 - Duty of Secretary of State to make regulations regarding the installation of energy efficiency measures by energy suppliers

Aye: 6 MPs

No: 10 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly negatived.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

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—

Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

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.

Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

We understand that the hon. Member for Wells wishes to move new clause 24.

Photo of Tessa Munt Tessa Munt Liberal Democrat, Wells

With clarification from the Minister that marketing property and capturing agents as well as landlords are matters for secondary legislation, and for serious consideration on Report, and that property—

Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

Order. We cannot debate the new clause, which has already been discussed. You need to decide whether you want to press it.

Photo of Tessa Munt Tessa Munt Liberal Democrat, Wells

I have had assurances from the Minister and I will not press new clause 24.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

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.

Photo of Tessa Munt Tessa Munt Liberal Democrat, Wells

Given the assurances that I have received from the Minister, I will not press new clause 27.

Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Leader of the Green Party

On the understanding that if it is moved now—

Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

Order. This is not an opportunity to make speeches on new clauses. It is simply a question of whether you wish to move the new clause.

Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Leader of the Green Party

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.

Photo of David Crausby David Crausby Labour, Bolton North East

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.