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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 3 December 2013

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Parliamentary Star - whiteAmendments which will comply with the required notice period at their next appearance

 

Water Bill


 

Note

 

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Resolution of the

 

Programming Sub-Committee [28 November 2013].

 


 

Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee

 

The Programming Sub-Committee appointed by the Speaker in respect of the Bill

 

agreed the following Resolution at its meeting on Thursday 28 October (Standing Order

 

No. 83C):

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 8.55 am on Tuesday 3

 

December) meet—

 

(a)  

at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 3 December;

 

(b)  

at 1.00 pm on Thursday 5 December;

 

(c)  

at 8.55 am and 1.30 pm on Tuesday 10 December;

 

(d)  

at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm on Thursday 12 December;

 

(e)  

at 8.55 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday 17 December;

 

(2)  

the Committee shall hear oral evidence in accordance with the following

 

Table:

 

      TABLE

 

Date

Time

Witness

 
 

Tuesday 3

Until no later

Water Services Regulation

 
 

December

than 10.15 am

Authority (Ofwat)

 
   

Water Industry Commission for

 
   

Scotland

 
   

Water UK

 
   

Business Stream

 
 

Tuesday 3

Until no later

Consumer Council for Water

 
 

December

than 11.25 am

Dr Peter Kenway, Director, New

 
   

Policy Institute and co-author of

 
   

The Water Industry: a case to

 
   

answer

 
   

Which?

 
 

Tuesday 3

Until no later

Association of British Insurers

 
 

December

than 3.15 pm

National Flood Forum

 
   

British Insurance Brokers’

 
   

Association

 
   

Council of Mortgage Lenders

 
 

Tuesday 3

Until no later

Environment Agency

 
 

December

than 3.35 pm

  
 

Tuesday 3

Until no later

Blueprint for Water Coalition

 
 

December

than 4.05 pm

Chartered Institution of Water and

 
   

Environmental Management

 
 

Tuesday 3

Until no later

Department for Environment,

 
 

December

than 4.50 pm

Food and Rural Affairs

 

 
 

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(3)  

proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the

 

following order: Clause 1; Schedules 1 and 2; Clauses 2 to 4; Schedules 3 and

 

4; Clause 5; Schedule 5; Clauses 6 to 35; Schedule 6; Clauses 36 to 40;

 

Schedule 7; Clauses 41 to 44; Schedule 8; Clauses 45 to 50; Schedule 9;

 

Clause 51; Schedule 10; Clauses 52 to 57; new Clauses; new Schedules;

 

remaining proceedings on the Bill; and

 

(4)  

the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a

 

conclusion at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 17 December.

 


 

Dan Rogerson

 

That, in the Table in paragraph (2) of the Resolution agreed by the Programming Sub-

 

Committee at its meeting on Thursday 28 November, in the second entry for Tuesday 3

 

December, leave out ‘Which?’.

 


 

Dan Rogerson has given notice of his intention to move a motion in the terms of the

 

Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee, as amended [Standing Order No. 83C].

 


 

Dan Rogerson

 

That, subject to the discretion of the Chair, any written evidence received by the

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 



 
 

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Dan Rogerson

 

That, at this and any subsequent meeting at which oral evidence is to be heard, the

 

Committee shall sit in private until the witnesses are admitted.

 


 

Thomas Docherty

 

130

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

The Authority may vary a licence to enforce the provisions of section [Exit from

 

the non-household retail market].’.

 

Thomas Docherty

 

132

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  after ‘authorisation’, insert ‘subject to the provisions set

 

out in section [Abstraction reform].’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

52

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

the Environment Agency;’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

53

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

the NRBW.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

54

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

‘(ba)    

the Environment Agency;’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

55

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  1,  page  2,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

the NRBW.’.

 


 

Dan Rogerson

 

110

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  105,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

‘(ba)    

the appropriate agency;’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

111

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  105,  line  35,  at end insert—

 

‘(ba)    

the appropriate agency;’.


 
 

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112

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  106,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

‘(10A)  

In this section “the appropriate agency” means—

 

(a)    

the Environment Agency, in relation to section 66D agreements made

 

with water undertakers whose areas are wholly in England;

 

(b)    

the NRBW, in relation to section 66D agreements made with water

 

undertakers whose areas are wholly in Wales;

 

(c)    

both the Environment Agency and the NRBW, in relation to section

 

66D agreements made with water undertakers whose areas are partly

 

in England and partly in Wales.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

113

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  107,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

publication of the charges that may be imposed.’.

 

Thomas Docherty

 

142

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  107,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The rules must include provision for and in connection with ensuring that there

 

are no variations between charges, or the amount of charges, imposed by a water

 

undertaker under different section 66D agreements in consequence of the location

 

at which the duty or duties to be performed by that undertaker under such

 

agreements fall to be performed.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

114

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  108,  line  1,  leave out ‘review’ and insert ‘revise’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

115

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  108,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The Authority must issue revised rules if—

 

(a)    

guidance is issued under section 66EC, and

 

(b)    

the Authority, having regard to that guidance, considers that it is

 

appropriate to revise the rules.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

45

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  2,  page  109,  line  11,  leave out from ‘rules’ to end of line 12.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

46

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  2,  page  109,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

This section is subject to section 66EBA.

 

             66EBA Rules under section 66E: minor or urgent revisions

 

(1)    

This section applies if the Authority proposes to issue revised rules under section

 

66E and, in the view of the Authority, the revision or each of the revisions

 

proposed to be made is—

 

(a)    

a revision for which consultation is unnecessary, or


 
 

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(b)    

a revision that it is necessary or desirable to make without delay.

 

(2)    

Section 66EB does not apply to the proposed revised rules.

 

(3)    

Before issuing the revised rules, the Authority must give notice to the Minister of

 

its intention to issue revised rules.

 

(4)    

Before the revised rules are issued, the Minister may direct the Authority not to

 

issue the revised rules.

 

(5)    

A direction under subsection (4) must be given within the period of 14 days

 

beginning with the day after the day on which notice is given under subsection

 

(3), and the Authority may not issue the revised rules in question before—

 

(a)    

that period of 14 days expires, or

 

(b)    

the Minister notifies the Authority that no direction under subsection (4)

 

will be given in relation to the revised rules,

 

    

whichever is the sooner.

 

(6)    

Once the Authority has issued the revised rules, it must give notice as soon as

 

reasonably practicable of—

 

(a)    

the issuing of the revised rules, and

 

(b)    

as regards each revision contained in them, whether in the view of the

 

Authority the revision falls within paragraph (a) or (b) of subsection (1).

 

(7)    

Notice under subsection (6) is to be given to such persons as the Authority

 

considers appropriate.

 

(8)    

Unless the Authority gives notice that a revision in revised rules is in the view of

 

the Authority a revision falling within subsection (1)(a), the revision ceases to

 

have effect at the end of the period of six months beginning with the day after that

 

on which the revised rules are issued.

 

(9)    

In this section “the Minister” has the meaning given by section 66EB.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

116

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  109,  leave out lines 30 to 39 and insert—

 

‘(1)    

The Minister may issue guidance as to the content of rules under section 66E.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

117

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  2,  page  110,  line  1,  leave out ‘review’ and insert ‘revise’.

 


 

Dan Rogerson

 

118

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  4,  page  117,  line  41,  leave out ‘review’ and insert ‘revise’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

119

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  4,  page  119,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

publication of the charges that may be imposed.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

120

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  4,  page  120,  line  2,  leave out ‘review’ and insert ‘revise’.


 
 

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121

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  4,  page  120,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The Authority must issue revised rules if—

 

(a)    

guidance is issued under section 117L, and

 

(b)    

the Authority, having regard to that guidance, considers that it is

 

appropriate to revise the rules.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

122

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  4,  page  120,  line  40,  leave out ‘under section 117I’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

47

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  4,  page  121,  line  13,  leave out from ‘rules’ to end of line 14.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

48

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  4,  page  121,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

This section is subject to section 117KA.

 

             117KA Rules under section 117I: minor or urgent revisions

 

(1)    

This section applies if the Authority proposes to issue revised rules under section

 

117I and, in the view of the Authority, the revision or each of the revisions

 

proposed to be made is—

 

(a)    

a revision for which consultation is unnecessary, or

 

(b)    

a revision that it is necessary or desirable to make without delay.

 

(2)    

Section 117K does not apply to the proposed revised rules.

 

(3)    

Before issuing the revised rules, the Authority must give notice to the Secretary

 

of State of its intention to issue revised rules.

 

(4)    

Before the revised rules are issued, the Secretary of State may direct the Authority

 

not to issue the revised rules.

 

(5)    

A direction under subsection (4) must be given within the period of 14 days

 

beginning with the day after the day on which notice is given under subsection

 

(3), and the Authority may not issue the revised rules in question before—

 

(a)    

that period of 14 days expires, or

 

(b)    

the Secretary of State notifies the Authority that no direction under

 

subsection (4) will be given in relation to the revised rules,

 

    

whichever is the sooner.

 

(6)    

Once the Authority has issued the revised rules, it must give notice as soon as

 

reasonably practicable of—

 

(a)    

the issuing of the revised rules, and

 

(b)    

as regards each revision contained in them, whether in the view of the

 

Authority the revision falls within paragraph (a) or (b) of subsection (1).

 

(7)    

Notice under subsection (6) is to be given to such persons as the Authority

 

considers appropriate.

 

(8)    

Unless the Authority gives notice that a revision in revised rules is in the view of

 

the Authority a revision falling within subsection (1)(a), the revision ceases to

 

have effect at the end of the period of six months beginning with the day after that

 

on which the revised rules are issued.’.


 
 

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123

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  4,  page  121,  line  27,  leave out ‘must’ and insert ‘may’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

124

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  4,  page  123,  line  19,  leave out ‘supply’ and insert ‘sewerage provision’.

 


 

Dan Rogerson

 

125

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  5,  page  131,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

‘          

In section 55 (supplies for non-domestic purposes), in subsection (1A)(b), the

 

words from “or, in the case” to “that subsection” are repealed.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

49

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  5,  page  133,  line  40,  leave out from ‘rules’ to end of line 41.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

50

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  5,  page  134,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

‘36A (1)  

Section 117KA (rules under section 117I: minor or urgent revisions) (inserted

 

by Schedule 4) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsections (3), (4) and (5)(b), for “the Secretary of State” there is

 

substituted “the Minister”.

 

      (3)  

After subsection (8) there is inserted—

 

“(9)    

In this section “the Minister” has the meaning given by section

 

117K.”’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

51

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  5,  page  135,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

‘42A      

In section 207E (exercise of adjudication functions by other persons) (inserted

 

by section 37), in subsection (5), in paragraph (b) of the definition of “the

 

Minister”—

 

(a)    

the “or” following sub-paragraph (i) is repealed;

 

(b)    

after sub-paragraph (ii) there is inserted “, or

 

“(iii)    

in relation to a sewerage licensee using the

 

sewerage system of such an undertaker (see

 

section 17BA);”.’.

 


 

Dan Rogerson

 

3

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  6,  page  6,  leave out lines 7 and 8.


 
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