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Public Bill Committee: 3 December 2013                  

76

 

Water Bill, continued

 
 

Dan Rogerson

 

36

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  19,  page  54,  line  39,  leave out from ‘after’ to end of line 40 and insert

 

‘“expenses incurred by it in” there is inserted “, or charges imposed by it for,”.’.

 


 

Thomas Docherty

 

140

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  23,  page  56,  line  36,  at beginning insert ‘(1)’.

 

Thomas Docherty

 

141

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  23,  page  57,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘(2)    

In section 2 of the Water Industry Act 1991 (General duties of the Secretary of

 

State and the Water Services Regulation Authority with respect to the water

 

industry), in subsection (3) (general considerations in exercising powers and

 

duties), in paragraph (e) at the end for the full stop substitute a semi-colon and

 

after paragraph (e) there is inserted—

 

“(f)    

to secure the provision of services by licensed water suppliers

 

and licensed sewerage suppliers in a manner that is not

 

detrimental to the exercise of the functions referred to in

 

subsection (2A)(b) above.’.

 

Thomas Docherty

 

131

 

Parliamentary Star    

Page  56,  line  35,  leave out Clause 23.

 


 

Thomas Docherty

 

136

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  24,  page  57,  line  6,  leave out ‘may from time to time’ and insert ‘must’.

 

Thomas Docherty

 

137

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  24,  page  57,  line  6,  leave out ‘a’ and insert ‘an annual’.

 

Thomas Docherty

 

139

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  24,  page  57,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Following the publication of a statement under subsection (1) the Secretary of

 

State may instruct the Authority to conduct a review of pricing of water.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

99

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  24,  page  57,  line  23,  leave out ‘and’ and insert—

 

‘(fa)    

the NRBW, and’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3 December 2013                  

77

 

Water Bill, continued

 
 

Dan Rogerson

 

100

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  24,  page  58,  line  19,  leave out ‘and’ and insert—

 

‘(fa)    

the Environment Agency, and’.

 


 

Dan Rogerson

 

101

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  27,  page  60,  line  28,  leave out ‘and’ and insert—

 

‘(da)    

the NRBW, and’.

 


 

Dan Rogerson

 

37

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  28,  page  61,  line  5,  leave out ‘change’ and insert ‘amend’.

 


 

Dan Rogerson

 

102

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  34,  page  68,  line  26,  leave out paragraphs (b) and (c).

 


 

Dan Rogerson

 

38

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  35,  page  70,  leave out lines 13 to 16 and insert—

 

‘(1)    

Except where otherwise provided, the functions of the CMA with respect to

 

appeals under section 207A are to be carried out on behalf of the CMA by a group

 

constituted for the purpose by the chair of the CMA under Schedule 4 to the

 

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

39

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  35,  page  71,  leave out lines 23 to 28.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3 December 2013                  

78

 

Water Bill, continued

 
 

Dan Rogerson

 

103

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  36,  page  71,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

‘“General guidance on charges’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

104

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  36,  page  71,  line  34,  leave out ‘Guidance relating to rules about’ and insert

 

‘General guidance on’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

105

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  36,  page  71,  line  35,  leave out from beginning to end of line 2 on page 72

 

and insert—

 

‘(1)    

The Minister must issue guidance about the principles to be applied by the

 

Authority in determining the provisions of—

 

(a)    

rules under section 66E;

 

(b)    

rules under section 117I;

 

(c)    

rules under section 143B.

 

(1A)    

The Minister may issue guidance about the principles to be applied by the

 

Authority in determining the provisions of—

 

(a)    

rules under section 40E;

 

(b)    

rules under section 51CD;

 

(c)    

rules issued in accordance with regulations under section 66M;

 

(d)    

rules under section 105ZF;

 

(e)    

rules under section 110F;

 

(f)    

rules under section 144ZA.

 

(1B)    

Guidance under subsection (1) or (1A) may include other guidance about the

 

provisions of any of the rules mentioned in subsection (1) or (1A).

 

(1C)    

The Minister may issue guidance about the principles to be applied by the

 

Authority in determining the contents of other documents produced by the

 

Authority about charges that may be imposed by relevant undertakers or water

 

supply or sewerage licensees.

 

(1D)    

Guidance under subsection (1C) may include other guidance about the contents

 

of the documents mentioned in subsection (1C).’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

106

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  36,  page  72,  line  6,  leave out ‘the guidance’ and insert ‘guidance under this

 

section’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

107

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  36,  page  72,  line  19,  leave out ‘the guidance’ and insert ‘guidance issued

 

under this section’.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3 December 2013                  

79

 

Water Bill, continued

 
 

Dan Rogerson

 

40

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  37,  page  74,  line  46,  leave out from ‘exercised’ to end of line 47 and

 

insert—

 

‘(i)    

in relation to a relevant undertaker whose area is wholly or

 

mainly in England,

 

(ii)    

in relation to a water supply licensee using the supply system of

 

such an undertaker (see section 17B), or

 

(iii)    

in relation to a sewerage licensee using the sewerage system of

 

such an undertaker (see section 17BA);’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

41

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  37,  page  74,  line  49,  leave out from ‘exercised’ to end of line 50 and

 

insert—

 

‘(i)    

in relation to a relevant undertaker whose area is wholly or

 

mainly in Wales, or

 

(ii)    

in relation to a water supply licensee using the supply system of

 

such an undertaker (see section 17B);’.

 


 

Dan Rogerson

 

126

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  7,  page  142,  line  9,  at end insert—

 

‘(1ZA)    

Before determining the standard conditions, the Secretary of State must consult

 

the Welsh Ministers as regards conditions relating to a restricted retail

 

authorisation or a supplementary authorisation.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

127

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  7,  page  151,  line  31,  after ‘1A’ insert ‘of this Part’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

128

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  7,  page  155,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

‘          

In section 47 (conditions of connection with water main), in subsection (1), for

 

“sections 48 to” substitute “sections 49 and”.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

129

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  7,  page  155,  line  39,  at end insert—

 

‘          

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

 

“17C above) or” insert “, in the case of premises to be supplied using the

 

supply system of a water undertaker whose area is wholly or mainly in

 

Wales,”.’.

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3 December 2013                  

80

 

Water Bill, continued

 
 

Dan Rogerson

 

42

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  41,  page  77,  line  37,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The Water Resources Act 1991 is amended as follows.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

43

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  41,  page  77,  line  38,  leave out ‘of the Water Resources Act 1991’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

44

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  41,  page  77,  line  41,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

Section 61A (recovery of compensation from new licence-holder) is repealed.’.

 


 

Dan Rogerson

 

1

 

Page  89,  line  3,  leave out Clause 47.

 


 

Dan Rogerson

 

2

 

Clause  56,  page  91,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

‘(za)    

section (Disclosure of information: preparatory purposes);’.

 


 

New Clauses

 

The Flood Reinsurance Scheme

 

Dan Rogerson

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

For the purposes of this Part, the Flood Reinsurance Scheme is a scheme which—

 

(a)    

is established for the purpose mentioned in subsection (2), and

 

(b)    

is designated for the purposes of this Part by regulations made by the

 

Secretary of State.

 

(2)    

The purpose referred to in subsection (1)(a) is the purpose of providing

 

reinsurance to relevant insurers in respect of such risks relating to flooding as are

 

identified by the scheme, in such a way as to—

 

(a)    

promote the availability and affordability of flood insurance for

 

household premises while minimising the costs of doing so, and

 

(b)    

manage, over the period of operation of the scheme, the transition to risk-

 

reflective pricing of flood insurance for household premises.


 
 

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(3)    

Subsection (5) applies where the terms of the FR Scheme governing the

 

availability of reinsurance under the FR Scheme for an insurance policy include

 

a requirement as mentioned in subsection (4).

 

(4)    

The requirement is that the part of the premium for the policy which is

 

attributable to risks relating to flooding does not exceed a specified amount (“the

 

eligibility threshold”).

 

(5)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision as to the level of the

 

eligibility threshold, and may make different provision for different purposes.

 

(6)    

Regulations under subsection (5) may, in particular, make different provision for

 

different insurance policies by reference to the value of the household premises

 

to which a policy relates.

 

(7)    

In this Part, the Flood Reinsurance Scheme is called “the FR Scheme”.’.

 


 

Scheme administrator

 

Dan Rogerson

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The FR Scheme is to be administered by a body designated by regulations made

 

by the Secretary of State.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State may under subsection (1) designate a company registered

 

under the Companies Act 2006 or a body of another kind.

 

(3)    

In this Part, the body designated under subsection (1) is called “the FR Scheme

 

administrator”.’.

 


 

Scheme funding

 

Dan Rogerson

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State may, with the consent of the Treasury, make regulations

 

requiring relevant insurers to pay to the FR Scheme administrator—

 

(a)    

a levy, the amount and timing of which is to be determined in accordance

 

with the regulations;

 

(b)    

such further amounts, by way of levy or contribution, as may be

 

requested by the FR Scheme administrator from time to time in

 

accordance with the FR Scheme.

 

(2)    

Regulations under subsection (1) may make provision as to—

 

(a)    

the circumstances in which a request under subsection (1)(b) may be

 

made;

 

(b)    

the amounts that may be requested under subsection (1)(b).

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for amounts payable

 

under subsection (1) to be recoverable summarily (or in Scotland recoverable) as

 

a civil debt.


 
 

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Water Bill, continued

 
 

(4)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision as to the application of

 

any amounts paid under subsection (1).

 

(5)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations provide that, where such conditions as

 

are specified in the regulations as regards the reserves of the FR Scheme are

 

satisfied, the FR Scheme administrator must pay to the Secretary of State an

 

amount of the reserves to be determined in accordance with the regulations.

 

(6)    

Regulations under subsection (5) may—

 

(a)    

define “reserves”;

 

(b)    

make provision about determining the amount of the reserves of the FR

 

Scheme.

 

(7)    

Before making regulations under subsection (5), the Secretary of State must

 

consult the Prudential Regulation Authority.’.

 


 

Scheme administration

 

Dan Rogerson

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision in connection with the

 

administration of the FR Scheme.

 

(2)    

Regulations under subsection (1) may require the FR Scheme administrator to

 

have regard to the following in discharging its functions—

 

(a)    

the need to ensure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the discharge

 

of those functions,

 

(b)    

the need to act in the public interest,

 

(c)    

the need to ensure propriety and regularity in the operation of the FR

 

Scheme, and

 

(d)    

the need to manage, over the period of operation of the FR Scheme, the

 

transition to risk-reflective pricing of flood insurance for household

 

premises.

 

(3)    

Regulations under subsection (1) may require the FR Scheme administrator to

 

produce and publish, in accordance with the regulations, a plan for achieving the

 

transition mentioned in subsection (2)(d).

 

(4)    

Regulations under subsection (1) may—

 

(a)    

limit, to any extent, the power of the FR Scheme administrator to borrow

 

money or otherwise incur debt;

 

(b)    

make provision about the reserves of the FR Scheme, including

 

limitations on draw downs and transfers;

 

(c)    

require the FR Scheme administrator to take steps to limit the overall net

 

losses that may be incurred by the FR Scheme in any year to an amount

 

specified in or determined in accordance with the regulations;

 

(d)    

provide for the form and contents of the FR Scheme’s accounts;

 

(e)    

provide for a copy of the audited FR Scheme’s accounts and a copy of the

 

auditor’s report on those accounts to be laid before Parliament;

 

(f)    

provide for the Comptroller and Auditor General to examine—

 

(i)    

the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which the FR

 

Scheme administrator has used resources in discharging its

 

functions, or


 
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