MPs consider Lords amendments to Energy Bill

20 April 2016

MPs debated amendments made by the House of Lords to the Energy Bill on Wednesday 20 April 2016.

MPs disagreed to Lords amendment 7T (Division No. 243: Ayes 293 votes, Noes 224 votes)

Lords amendments 7A, 7B to 7S, 7U to 7W, 6A and 6B, 8A to 8C and 2A were agreed to without a vote. Commons financial privilege was waived in respect of Lords amendment 2A.

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Summary of the Bill

A Bill to make provision about the Oil and Gas Authority and its functions; to make provision about rights to use upstream petroleum infrastructure; to make provision about the abandonment of offshore installations, submarine pipelines and upstream petroleum infrastructure; to extend Part 1A of the Petroleum Act 1998 to Northern Ireland; to make provision about the disclosure of information for the purposes of international agreements; to make provision about fees in respect of activities relating to oil, gas, carbon dioxide and pipelines; to make provision about wind power; and for connected purposes.

Progress of the Bill

This Government Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 5 November 2015. It had its second reading on 18 January 2016.

The Bill completed its Committee stage on 4 February 2016. Remaining Commons stages were debated in the Commons on 14 March 2016.

The Bill then went to the House of Lords for consideration.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers on the Energy Bill and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

Lords Amendments

When a Bill has passed through third reading in both Houses it is returned to the first House (where it started) for the second House's amendments (proposals for change) to be considered.

Both Houses must agree on the exact wording of the Bill. There is no set time period between the third reading of a Bill and consideration of any Commons or Lords amendments.

What happens after consideration of amendments?

Once the Commons and Lords agree on the final version of the Bill, it can receive Royal Assent and become an Act of Parliament (the proposals of the Bill now become law).

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