Utilities

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on utilities. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Research Papers

DateDescription
21.11.2013Water Bill
This briefing is prepared for MPs and their staff to aid in their scrutiny of the Water Bill 2013 at its Second Reading on 25 November 2013. It provides briefing on key issues; additional briefing is available to MPs and their staff upon request.
17.02.2010Energy Bill: Committee Stage Report
This paper summarises the House of Commons Second Reading and Committee Stage proceedings of the Energy Bill. The Bill received its Second Reading on 7 December 2009. It was not amended in Committee. The Bill will introduce an incentive to support up to four carbon capture and storage (CSS) demonstration projects in the UK. CSS is a way of reducing the impact of fossil fuel emissions by capturing carbon dioxide. It will also introduce mandatory support to lower energy bills for the most vulnerable, increase the powers of the industry regulator, Ofgem, and give the Secretary of State the power to ban cross-subsidy between gas and electricity accounts.
03.12.2009Energy Bill. Bill 7 2009-10.
The Bill would introduce: a carbon capture and storage incentive to support the construction of up to four UK demonstration projects, to be chosen in a competition; mandatory social price support to lower energy bills (social tariffs) for the most vulnerable, which would replace the current voluntary agreement which expires in 2011. It would also add ensuring security of supply and protecting consumers to the objectives of the regulator, Ofgem; increase the regulator's powers to deal with exploitation of electricity distribution constraints by generators; and increase Ofgem's power to fine companies. It would give the Secretary of State the power to ban cross-subsidy between gas and electricity accounts.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
27.04.2011Electricity market reform.
Government response. Energy and Climate Change Select Committee; Department of Energy and Climate Change report [Commons]
15.03.2010The sale of the government's interest in British Energy.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
14.10.2009Ofwat price review 2009.
Government response. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
15.07.2009Ofwat price review 2009.
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
13.12.2010PRICE OF HEATING OIL
That this House notes that many people rely on oil to heat their homes; further notes that the average price for heating oil tends to be less than 50 pence per litre; is concerned that ...
01.07.2010CAMELOT AND USE OF LOTTERY TERMINALS
That this House is alarmed about the organisation Camelot's proposal to mix gambling opportunities with bill-payment services such as those for heating, electricity, water and mobile ...
25.11.2009COMPETITION COMMISSION INVESTIGATION INTO ENERGY COMPANIES
That this House calls for a Competition Commission investigation into the relationship between wholesale prices and retail prices offered to consumers by the Big Six energy suppliers, ...
23.11.2009OFGEM AND PREPAYMENT METER PRICES
That this House welcomes Ofgem's proposals to ban unjustified price differences for prepayment meter customers; is concerned that prepay meter customers such as single parent families ...
22.04.2009UTILITY COMPANIES' BUSINESS PRACTICES
That this House notes the importance of utility companies exercising socially responsible and sustainable business practices; congratulates the staff and directors of Northumbrian Water ...

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
22.01.2014Water Bill
The Water Bill would introduce greater competition in the water sector by allowing non-household customers to switch their water and sewerage supplier (retail competition) and by allowing new entrants to the water market to provide new sources of water or sewerage treatment services (upstream competition).

POST Papers

DateDescription
01.10.2010Resilience of UK infrastructure
This POSTnote outlines efforts to improve the resilience of infrastructure to the risks of natural hazards and any effects of future climate change.
01.02.2008Smart metering of electricity and gas, February 2008
Smart metering of electricity and gas, February 2008. POSTnote 08/301.

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses