Government quashes bill delay rumours

Reports that the long awaited Energy Bill was to be delayed have been quashed by DECC. The BBC had claimed reforming the House of Lords was likely to delay other […]

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By Tom Gibson

Reports that the long awaited Energy Bill was to be delayed have been quashed by DECC. The BBC had claimed reforming the House of Lords was likely to delay other Government legislation. A DECC spokesperson rejected the report on delays to the landmark reform, insisting “there will be legislation on the EMR in the next session.”

However, the spokesperson added that the precise timing for the bill was still to be determined by the Parliamentary Bill Committee, and what was to be included in the Queen’s speech “could hardly be predicted”.

Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy said: “Any delays to the investment that our energy market so badly needs clearly isn’t in the best interests of energy consumers and businesses. But the reality is that serious questions were already being asked about the complexity of the government’s plans and whether they would attract the necessary investment. The government should use this opportunity to get its reforms right.”