A Private Members Bill setting out the closure of offshore wind subsidies in England will today be given a second reading in the House of Commons.
Conservative backbencher Christopher Chope’s Off-Shore [sic] Wind Farm Subsidies (Restriction) bill would prevent the Government from making payments in excess of the prevailing wholesale price of electricity to offshore wind farms.
The MP for Christchurch’s Private Members’ Bill would come into effect within two months after it passes.
Also being given a second reading today is Haltemprice and Howden MP David Davis’ Public Nuisance from Wind Farms (Mandatory Liability Cover) Ten Minute Rule bill.
The bill sets out measures to require the Energy Secretary to place financial obligations on wind farm operators for potential liabilities arising from noise pollution, light pollution and decommissioning.
Ten Minute Rule Bills: The ten minute rule allows a backbench MP to make his or her case for a new Bill in a speech lasting up to ten minutes. An opposing speech may also be made before the House decides whether or not the Bill should be introduced. If the MP is successful the Bill is taken to have had its first reading.
Bills introduced under the Ten Minute Rule rarely progress much further, since the Government usually opposes Private Member’s Bills in the later stages and, given their low priority in the schedule, there is often insufficient time for the debate to be completed. Most Ten Minute Rule introductions are instead used to stimulate publicity for a cause, especially as the debate follows the media-popular question time and is usually broadcast live on BBC Parliament, or to gauge the opinion of the house on an issue which may later be introduced in another bill.
However, bills introduced under the Ten Minute Rule do sometimes become law, passing through every stage of Parliament right through to Royal Assent. Since 1945, there have been over sixty Acts of Parliament which were initially introduced under the Ten Minute Rule