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Energy Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 7:00 pm on 21st June 2011.

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Amendments made: 76, in title, line 7, after ‘infrastructure’, insert

‘and downstream gas processing facilities’.

Amendment 77, in title, line 10, after ‘electricity;’, insert

‘about the security of nuclear construction sites;’.

Amendment 28, in title, line 10, after ‘sites;’ insert

‘for an annual report on contribution to carbon emissions reduction targets; for action relating to the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in England;’.

Amendment 78, in title, line 10, after ‘sites’, insert

‘and offshore infrastructure; for the use of pipelines for carbon capture and storage’.

Amendment 79, in title, line 10, after ‘sites;’, insert

‘about renewable heat incentives in Northern Ireland;’.

Amendment 172, in title, line 10, after ‘sites;’ insert

‘for the generation of electricity from renewable sources by a National Park authority or the Broads Authority;’.

Amendment 80, in title, line 11, after ‘Authority;’, insert

‘for an amendment of section 137 of the Energy Act 2004;’.

Amendment 81, in title, line 11, after third ‘the’, insert ‘amendment and’.—(Gregory Barker.)

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

On a point of order, Mr Crausby. I apologise for being a little premature earlier on, but I did want to place on record my appreciation—and also that of my colleagues—for your chairmanship and that of Mr Leigh, as well as for the considerable work and effort of your Clerks and my superb officials. We should not to forget the Doorkeepers, who have looked after us so well, and the Hansard reporters, who have tried to make head or tail of what we have been spouting.

I would like to put on record my real pleasure about the way in which we have conducted our affairs in Committee. We have not always been able to agree, but there has been a remarkable degree of consensus about the broad thrust of the Bill. I thank the Opposition for the way in which they have, by and large, engaged constructively in our proceedings. We have not been overburdened by experience of the ways of Committee proceedings, but nevertheless we have managed to navigate our way through, and I look forward to Report.

Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

Further to that point of order, Mr Crausby. I also want to place on the record the appreciation of this side of the Committee for the fantastic way in which you and Mr Leigh have conducted our proceedings. This has been the first time that many of us, including the Whips and the Chairs, have served on a Public Bill Committee. In fact, this has been my first such Committee. Our proceedings have been  collaborative and co-operative throughout our 10 sittings over the past two and a half weeks.

I would also like to thank Hansard and the Doorkeepers, who have helped us to pass our notes back, and I am grateful for the helpful way in which the Government  have listened to many of the arguments made. We look forward to working with the Government on Report and Third Reading.

Bill, as amended, reported (Standing Order No. 83D(6)).

Committee rose.