New Schedule - ‘Amendments consequential on sections (promotion of reductions in carbon emissions: gas transporters and suppliers) and (promotion of reductions in carbon emissions: electricity distributors and suppliers)

Part of Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 6:30 pm ar 28 Chwefror 2006.

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Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 6:30, 28 Chwefror 2006

May I also thank you, Mr. Benton? I am particularly grateful for your kind stewardship, as this has been the first time that I have spoken for the Opposition from the Front Bench in Committee. I have sat mute as a Whip on the Back Benches, but it is quite another thing to navigate one’s way through reams of paper and complexity. Therefore, I am grateful to you.

May I also say how grateful I am to the Clerk for his help and advice in tabling my amendments? They were greatly appreciated. We in Parliament are lucky in the expertise and professionalism on which we are able to draw.

I am also extremely grateful to all the NGOs that advised me. I have been incredibly well served, and I could not have begun to do what I have done without them. They have been excellent, and I cannot thank them enough.

I also congratulate the hon. Member for Edinburgh, North and Leith. The Bill has not been quite what we hoped for. Nevertheless, there is a clear direction of travel, and it is a very great thing for a Back Bencher to get this far in legislative scrutiny. We shall still have some issues with the Government on Report, when we shall want to see the Bill tightened up further—I hope consensually, if possible. Nevertheless, we have made progress, if not quite as much as we had hoped for—but it is progress.

I congratulate and thank all Members from all parties in the Committee. There are Members present who have track records that are far longer and knowledge of this subject that is far greater than mine.   They have brought their wisdom and expertise to bear in the debates, and they have been extremely generous in their observations about my contributions.

Finally, I thank the police, and all those who have helped us in Committee, sitting silently. It is much appreciated, and we look forward to Report.