With Parliament returning from Easter recess on the 16th April, a number of key political moments are set to impact Energy and Environment policy in the last weeks of this month. Here, Andrew Huckle, DeHavilland's Energy Consultant gives you the lowdown on what to watch out for this April.
What's on the agenda this month
by Andrew Huckle, Monitoring Consultant
The Energy Price Cap Bill has been sailing through the Commons, and this is set to continue when MPs return from their Easter break on the 16th April. The Bill will likely have its Report Stage and Third Reading soon after, giving MPs the chance to add any last minute amendments to the Bill.
Potential amendments to look out for are from John Penrose, who is continuing his call for a relative price cap, or a cap that at least introduces market mechanisms to ensure it is regularly updated. Interestingly, Labour tabled their own amendment in Committee stage that would have introduced a relative cap once the absolute one ends no later than 2023.
However, it is thought unlikely that it will be altered significantly as there is a clear cross-party consensus behind getting this Bill through all its Parliamentary stages by the summer recess in July. This will allow Ofgem to have it implemented by the end of the year.
Furthermore, MPs will also have to consider amendments to the Nuclear Safeguards Bill, as Peers inflicted two defeats on the Government recently, including an amendment which ensures that the Government must request to suspend the UK's withdrawal from Euratom if the relevant nuclear safeguarding agreements are not in place by Brexit day on the 1st March 2019. Expect some Parliamentary Ping-Pong to ensue as the Commons and Lords seek to reach an agreement on the matter.
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Andrew Huckle is DeHavilland's dedicated Monitoring Consultant for Energy and Environmental Policy. A graduate of the University of Leicester and King's College London, where he read International Studies and European Studies respectively, he has previously worked as a Parliamentary Research Assistant and completed a traineeship with the European External Action Service.