There are no relevant Public Bills before Parliament, as at 27 February 2009.
Policing and Crime Bill
On 18 December 2008, the Policing and Crime Bill was introduced into Parliament. Part 4 of the Bill includes provisions to reinforce existing powers, and introduce new powers, to recover criminal assets. Of particular interest to environmental lawyers is the extension of property restraint orders and the extension to the limitation period for bringing civil proceedings for the recovery of criminally obtained property horn 12 to 20 years. The Environment Agency currently refers cases to the Serious Organised Crime Agency, which uses its extensive powers to recover the profits of environmental crime. The Bill is, as of 27 February 2009, at the Committee stages in the House of Commons.
Marine and Coastal Access Bill
On 4 December 2008, the Marine and Coastal Access Bill (the MACAB) was introduced in the House of Lords. The MACAB had its second reading in the House of Lords on 15 December 2008. The MACAB will impact, in particular, offshore renewable oil and gas, and carbon capture and storage projects, as well as nature conservation interests. It includes provisions for a new marine planning system, a new network of marine conservation zones, a new Marine Management Organisation and a simpler and more streamlined process to license the various marine activities that are currently governed by multiple agencies and statutes. Of note, it also proposes a new right of access to the English coast. The Bill was, as of 27 February 2009, at the Committee stages in the House of Lords.
There are no relevant Private Bills before Parliament, as at 27 February 2009.
PRIVATE MEMBERS BILLS
Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill This is a Bill to define the term 'green energy' to promote its development, installation and usage and for other purposes not yet specified. This Bill had its first reading in the House of Commons on 21 January 2009 and was scheduled for a second reading (and to be printed) on 8 May 2009.
Fuel Poverty Bill
This Bill relates to fuel poverty and for other purposes not yet specified. This Bill had its first reading in the House of Commons on 21
January 2009. A second reading debate (and a printing of the Bill) was scheduled for 20 March 2009.