Have your say on the Smart Meters Bill

26 October 2017

Do you have relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Smart Meters Bill, which is currently passing through Parliament?

If so, you can submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider this Bill.

The Public Bill Committee is now able to receive written evidence. The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration.

The Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 21 November 2017; it will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage, which is expected to be not later than 5.00pm on Thursday 30 November 2017. However, please note that when the Committee concludes its consideration of the Bill it is no longer able to receive written evidence and it can conclude earlier than the expected deadline of 5.00pm on Thursday 30 November 2017.*

* In the last Parliamentary Session, the following Public Bill Committees concluded their consideration of the Bill earlier than scheduled: Criminal Finances, Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts), Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs), Neighbourhood Planning, Savings (Government Contributions), Technical and Further Education, Commonwealth Development Corporation, Children & Social Work, National Citizen Service, and Bus Services.

Aims of the Bill

The Smart Meters Bill aims to:

  • Extend existing powers the Secretary of State has to develop, amend and oversee regulations relating to smart metering.
  • Introduce a special administration regime for the national smart meter communication and data service provider to ensure the service continues to be provided in the unlikely event of its insolvency.

Follow the progress of the Smart Meters Bill

The Smart Meters Bill was presented to the House of Commons on 18 October 2017 and had its second reading debate on 24 October 2017.

This Bill has now been committed to a Public Bill Committee which will hold its oral evidence sessions on Tuesday 21 November 2017. The Public Bill Committee must conclude by Thursday 30 November 2017.

Guidance on submitting written evidence

Deadline for written evidence submissions

The Public Bill Committee is now able to receive written evidence. The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration and possibly reflect it in an amendment. The order in which amendments are taken in Committee will be available in due course under Selection of Amendments on the Bill documents pages. Once the Committee has dealt with an amendment it will not revisit it.

The Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 21 November 2017; it will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage on Thursday 30 November 2017. Please note that when the Committee concludes its consideration of the Bill it is no longer able to receive written evidence and it can conclude earlier than the expected deadline of 5.00pm on Thursday 30 November 2017.

Your submission should be emailed to scrutiny@parliament.uk.

Further guidance on submitting written evidence can be found here.

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