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Chris Huhne’s Electricity Market Reform Kicked Into Long Grass

The government is putting promised legislation on hold to make room for House of Lords reform, MPs say.

A bill to reform higher education has been put on the back burner and is not expected to be in the Queen’s Speech.

A promised shake-up of the water industry will be downgraded to just a draft bill and electricity reforms will be delayed.

Some MPs and officials say measures are not yet ready or there is no political agreement between coalition parties.

But others claim some of the plans have been squeezed out because the plans to reform the Lords will take up so much time.

It comes after it emerged that plans to enshrine Britain’s aid spending levels in law have also fallen down the legislative timetable, as have proposals to overhaul social care for the elderly and disabled.

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see also: Electricity Market Reform slammed by think tank director

Energy Live News, 22 December 2010

The new energy policies set out by the government may be costly and reckless, says Dr Benny Peiser, director of The Global Warming Policy Foundation.

He told ELN that the obsession with climate change was economically and politically unrealistic: “A lot of the alarmists’ claims seem to be extremely dodgy but there is a public backlash against the agenda, particularly on energy prices, because people will have to pay the price for very costly policies.”

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