Update on Progress of the Energy Bill The Second Reading of the Energy Bill was heard on 10 May 2011 and Committees' consideration of the Bill finished on 21 June 2011. The Bill is now awaiting its report stage and has been reprinted to incorporate the amendments made at the Committee stage. Tabled amendments to the Bill have concerned matters such as requiring all buildings to have a Display Energy Certificate and imposing legal requirements on the Secretary of State to ensure the Green Deal delivers the promised energy efficiency improvements.
PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS
Wind Turbines (Minimum Distances from Residential Premises) Bill
The Wind Turbines (Minimum Distances from Residential Premises) Bill had its second reading in the House of Lords on 10 June 2011. If enacted, the Bill would prevent wind turbines from being erected within specified distances of residential premises unless all the residential owners consented in writing to the turbines being located closer. The minimum distance requirement varies according to the height of the turbine and applies to all turbines of 25 metres and over. The minimum distance for the smallest turbines (those between 25 and 50 metres) would be 1,000 metres.
There were no relevant Private Bills before Parliament as at 30 June 2011.
UK PRIMARY LEGISLATION
Bribery Act 2010 in force from 1 July 2010
On 30 March 2011, the Ministry of Justice published its long-awaited guidance on what commercial organisations will need to do to comply with the Bribery Act. This publication triggered the start of the three-month grace period and, on 7 June 20! 1, the Secretary of State made the Bribery Act 2010 (Commencement) Order 2011 specifying that the remaining provisions of the Act shall come into force on 1 July 2011. The Act creates new offences of: bribing another (section 1); being bribed (section 2); bribing foreign public officials (section 6); and, in relation to commercial organisations, failing to prevent bribery (section 7).