MPs and Lords suggest Energy Bill overhaul

It is “difficult but still possible” to save the government’s electricity market reform plans, says a parliamentary committee.

The government’s draft Energy Bill is “unworkable”, says the House of Com­mons Energy and Climate Change Committee.

The comment appears in the committee’s report on its pre-legislative scrutiny of the bill, published in July.1

The report is measured in tone, which is worrying for the energy and climate department (DECC). It shows that even backers of the bill feel it needs overhauling. Many of its points were reprised just weeks later by a report from a House of Lords working group also looking into the bill.2

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