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Peter Atkinson: Order. New clause 17 comes later. We are debating new clause 6.
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss new clause 6—Schemes for reducing fuel poverty: further provisions— ‘(1) In this Part “benefits” may include benefits other than direct financial benefits. (2) A scheme may include the provision of new or under-utilised technologies that may, in the opinion of the Secretary of State, lessen the fuel bills of persons in fuel...
Peter Atkinson: I am sorry to interrupt the hon. Gentleman, but we are in danger of going over the same territory again. I would be grateful if he indicated his decision on his amendment.
Peter Atkinson: Before we move on to amendment 31, we must remember that the Committee is due to end at about 4 o’clock in a week’s time and we are making slow progress. There are a lot of clauses to be covered and a considerable number of new clauses at the end. I ask hon. Members to bear in mind the fact that we need to make progress.
Peter Atkinson: With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: Amendment 26, in clause 8, page 6, line 32, at end insert— ‘(d) licensed heating oil suppliers, (e) licensed liquefied petroleum gas suppliers, (f) licensed compressed natural gas suppliers, or (g) licensed solid fuel suppliers.’. Amendment 27, in clause 8, page 6, line 35, after ‘electricity’, insert ‘or...
Peter Atkinson: Order. I am afraid that hon. Members will have to be patient as it is 1 o’clock.
Peter Atkinson: Order. I remind the Committee that we are not having a debate on fuel poverty. We are debating the clause and new clause 15.
Peter Atkinson: I call the Minister. The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Joan Ruddock)rose— Mr. Brian Binley (Northampton, South) (Con) rose—
Peter Atkinson: Order.
Peter Atkinson: If you stood I would be able to see you, because you are quite large.
Peter Atkinson: Before I call the Minister to reply, I should say that we have had a wide-ranging debate on clause 1, as is perfectly appropriate at the beginning of a Committee sitting. I remind members of the Committee, however, that we are going to debate some of the details about oil and so on when we discuss the amendments to clause 6. The Minister will no doubt respond in her own way.
Peter Atkinson: With this it will convenient to discuss new clause 15—CCS Roadmap— ‘(1) The Secretary of State shall lay before the House a programme and timeline for the delivery of at least three carbon capture and storage demonstration projects. (2) The Secretary of State shall present this programme and timeline within six months of Royal Assent for this Act.’.
Peter Atkinson: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate and on the work he has done over a considerable length of time in sticking up for the unfortunate British citizens who have been so shamefully and dishonourably treated by the Government. Several of my constituents reside in Spain on doctor's orders-my hon. Friend mentioned that earlier-because living in a warmer climate helps their...
Peter Atkinson: In the case of my constituent, who comes from Northumberland and moved to Spain a long time ago, when the move took place, he was told that disability living allowance would have to stop and he accepted that as one of the penalties of moving abroad. Then, when he discovered the result of the European judgment and reapplied for the allowance, he was told that he was out of court because of the...
Peter Atkinson: Welcome. We know two of the panel, who also happen to be members of the Committee. It would be very helpful if you could, for the record, please introduce yourselves and particularly if the officials could give us some indication of their role.
Peter Atkinson: Thank you very much indeed. Who can start off the questioning? Simon Hughes.
Peter Atkinson: Order. We are developing a debate and we should be seeking information from the Ministers and the ministerial team. The Minister may want to respond, but perhaps we may then draw a line under the matter.
Peter Atkinson: Quite a lot of Committee members are trying to catch my eye. Charles Hendry has been waiting a long time.
Peter Atkinson: We have done carbon capture and storage very thoroughly for over an hour. We will move on to the question of mandatory social tariffs.
Peter Atkinson: Order. Can I just say that the panel has had an hour and a half, which is about all that they were expecting? The first witness did not come, however, so we can go on a bit. I am sure that the panel will not mind as there are a few more questions to be put. I ask those who want to take part to bring their questions fairly quickly to a close, but I would not want to deprive the Committee of...