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Peter Atkinson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) on how many occasions a sub-post office temporarily closed has been reclassified as a permanent closure since the first quarter of 2008; (2) in what circumstances a post office classified as temporarily closed is reclassified as a permanent closure; (3) how many sub-post offices which have temporarily closed...
Peter Atkinson: Order. Before the hon. Member for Harrogate and Knaresborough replies to that intervention, may I say that, now that he has made his position clear, we do not want a debate on climate change at this stage? We have a lot of new clauses to get through in a rather short time. I know that it is tempting to comment on the subject, but I would be grateful if the Committee were to stick more closely...
Peter Atkinson: Order. I have to tell the hon. Gentleman that the debate is straying far from the subject. I ask him to return to the new clause; otherwise, I shall have to be a little firmer with him.
Peter Atkinson: Order. I remind you that this is an intervention, not a speech.
Peter Atkinson: Order.
Peter Atkinson: I know. I am sorry to spoil the Committee’s fun, but this is really getting rather wide of new clause 1.
Peter Atkinson: You may.
Peter Atkinson: In a spirit of optimism I think that it may be convenient to consider clauses 28 to 37 together. Mr. Hughes, do you have a problem with that?
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: New clause 2—Emissions performance standard— ‘(1) The Secretary of State may by regulation introduce an Emissions Performance Standard to apply to all electricity generation plants. (2) In this section “Emission Performance Standard” means a restriction on the amount of carbon dioxide that electricity...
Peter Atkinson: Order. Before I call Mr. Hendry, I say to the Committee that shortly we will have been sitting for three hours. I do not know for how long Committee members propose to go tonight, but if they want to go much beyond 7, I will adjourn the Committee for an hour for supper. Perhaps Committee members can work out how they want to play it.
Peter Atkinson: Order. Before the Minister replies—I am happy for him to do so—we are in danger of repeating a debate that we have already had in Committee. I hope that hon. Members will bear that in mind.
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment 11, in clause 27, page 22, line 32, at end insert— ‘(d) as respects a relevant liquid petroleum gas for domestic use customer; (e) as respects a fuel oil for domestic use customers.’.
Peter Atkinson: Would it be convenient to take clauses 19 to 25 together?
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment 5, in clause 26, page 22, line 1, leave out subsection (3).
Peter Atkinson: In order to make progress, it may be convenient for the Committee to consider clauses 19 to 25 together.
Peter Atkinson: If the hon. Gentleman wants a clause stand part debate, he is welcome to it.
Peter Atkinson: I remind the Committee that with this we are taking the following: New clause 4—Transparency on energy bills— ‘(1) The Secretary of State may modify— (a) a condition of the licence of section 11A of the Electricity Act 1989 (transmission licences and supply licences) to make provision on energy bills for information on the cheapest tariff available to the customer from...
Peter Atkinson: You may.
Peter Atkinson: I remind the Committee that it has spent just over four hours on clause 8. Although I accept that it is an important part of the Bill, it has taken up a lot of Committee time, and we need to make progress.
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss amendment 8, in clause 14, page 11, line 41, leave out subsection (4).