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(b)    

the wholesale market

 

only.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Enables water companies to exit the retail market.

 


 

Right of appeal for households on removal from the flood reinsurance scheme

 

Thomas Docherty

 

NC37

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State shall by order establish a right of appeal for a household

 

which has been removed from the Flood Reinsurance Scheme.

 

(2)    

The Financial Conduct Authority shall be responsible for the hearing and

 

administration of appeals under subsection (1).

 

(3)    

An order under subsection (1)—

 

(a)    

shall be made by statutory instrument; and

 

(b)    

may not be made unless a draft has been laid before and approved by

 

resolution of each House of Parliament.

 

(4)    

An order under subsection (1) must be made before the Flood Reinsurance

 

Scheme has been implemented.’.

 


 

Flood reinsurance scheme: report on properties

 

Thomas Docherty

 

NC38

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State must prepare and publish a report on—

 

(a)    

how many properties are not eligible for the Flood Reinsurance Scheme;

 

and

 

(b)    

the cost of including properties under (a) in the FR scheme prior to it

 

coming into effect,

 

    

and must lay a copy of the report before Parliament.

 

(2)    

The report shall include a breakdown of the cost of including properties that fall

 

under the category—

 

(a)    

Council Tax band H;

 

(b)    

built between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2012; and

 

(c)    

built after 1 January 2013.’.

 



 
 

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Flood reinsurance scheme: council tax band

 

Thomas Docherty

 

NC39

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State shall by order enable low income households to qualify for

 

the Flood Reinsurance Scheme, regardless of their Council Tax band.

 

(2)    

An order under subsection (1) shall contain a definition of “low income

 

households”.

 

(3)    

An order under subsection (1)—

 

(a)    

shall be made by statutory instrument; and

 

(b)    

may not be made unless a draft has been laid before and approved by

 

resolution of each House of Parliament.

 

(4)    

An order under subsection (1) must be made before the Flood Reinsurance

 

Scheme has been implemented.’.

 


 

Flood Reinsurance Scheme national database

 

Thomas Docherty

 

NC40

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State may by order (the “commencement order”) appoint a day

 

on which section [The Flood Reinsurance Scheme] is to come into force.

 

(2)    

An order under subsection (1)—

 

(a)    

shall be made by statutory instrument; and

 

(b)    

may not be made unless a draft has been laid before and approved by

 

resolution of each House of Parliament.

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State may only make an order under subsection (1) if a Flood

 

Reinsurance Scheme national database has been established.

 

(4)    

Any Flood Reinsurance Scheme national database must—

 

(a)    

be accessible by the public;

 

(b)    

outline a property’s risk of flooding; and

 

(c)    

indicate if the property is covered by the Flood Reinsurance Scheme.’.

 


 

Legislative competence for water and flood defence in Wales

 

Hywel Williams

 

Nc41

 

Parliamentary Star    

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Government of Wales Act 2006 is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In section 101 (Assembly measures: Power to intervene in certain cases), omit

 

paragraph (b).


 
 

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(3)    

In section 114 (Acts of the Assembly: Power to intervene in certain cases), omit

 

paragraph (b).

 

(4)    

Omit section 152 (Intervention in case of functions relating to water etc.).

 

(5)    

In paragraph 19 of Schedule 7, omit from “Exceptions” to the end of the

 

paragraph.’.

 


 

New Schedule

 

Dan Rogerson

 

NS1

 

To move the following Schedule:—

 

‘Commencement orders: appropriate authority

 

1          

In relation to the sections and Schedules listed in the first column of this table,

 

the appropriate authority for the purposes of section 56(3) is as listed in the

 

second column (see paragraph 3 as regards interpretation of terms used in the

 

table)—

 

Section or Schedule

Appropriate authority

 
 

Section 5 and Schedule 5

The Welsh Ministers (but see

 
  

paragraph 2).

 
 

Section 7

The Scottish Ministers.

 
 

Section 8

The Minister, as defined in subsection

 
  

(7) of section 40H of the Water

 
  

Industry Act 1991 (as inserted by

 
  

section 8).

 
 

Section 9

The Minister, as defined in subsection

 
  

(7) of section 110I of the Water

 
  

Industry Act 1991 (as inserted by

 
  

section 9).

 
 

Section 10 to 12

The Secretary of State, in relation to

 
  

wholly or mainly English undertakers.

 
  

The Welsh Ministers, in relation to

 
  

wholly or mainly Welsh undertakers.

 
 

Sections 16 to 20

The Secretary of State, in relation to

 
  

wholly or mainly English undertakers.

 
  

The Welsh Ministers, in relation to

 
  

wholly or mainly Welsh undertakers.

 
 

Section 22

The Welsh Ministers, in relation to

 
  

wholly or mainly Welsh undertakers

 
  

(see section 56(2)(b) as regards

 
  

commencement in relation to wholly

 
  

or mainly English undertakers).

 
 

Section 23

The Secretary of State, in relation to

 
  

wholly or mainly English undertakers.

 
  

The Welsh Ministers, in relation to

 
  

wholly or mainly Welsh undertakers.

 
 

Section 24

The Secretary of State, in relation to—

 
  

(a)    

the insertion of section 2A of

 
  

the Water Industry Act 1991

 
  

by subsection (1) of section

 
  

24, and

 
  

(b)    

the amendments made by

 
  

subsections (2) and (3) of

 
  

section 24 so far as relating to

 
  

section 2A.

 
  

The Welsh Ministers, in relation to—

 
  

(a)    

the insertion of section 2B of

 
  

the Water Industry Act 1991

 
  

by subsection (1) of section

 
  

24, and

 
  

(b)    

the amendments made by

 
  

subsections (2) and (3) of

 
  

section 24 so far as relating to

 
  

section 2B.

 
 

Section 36

The Secretary of State, in relation to

 
  

wholly or mainly English undertakers.

 
  

The Welsh Ministers, in relation to

 
  

wholly or mainly Welsh undertakers.

 
 

Section 37

The Secretary of State, in relation to

 
  

the power to make an order under

 
  

section 207E of the Water Industry Act

 
  

1991 (as inserted by section 37) in

 
  

respect of adjudication functions

 
  

exercisable as regards—

 
  

(a)    

wholly or mainly English

 
  

undertakers, or

 
  

(b)    

wholly or mainly English

 
  

licensees.

 
  

The Welsh Ministers, in relation to the

 
  

power to make an order under section

 
  

207E of the Water Industry Act

 
  

1991(as inserted by section 37) in

 
  

respect of adjudication functions

 
  

exercisable as regards—

 
  

(a)    

wholly or mainly Welsh

 
  

undertakers, or

 
  

(b)    

wholly or mainly Welsh

 
  

licensees.

 
 

Section 38(1)

The Secretary of State, in relation to

 
  

the power of the Secretary of State to

 
  

make an order under section 86ZA of

 
  

the Water Industry Act 1991 (as

 
  

inserted by section 38).

 
  

The Welsh Ministers, in relation to the

 
  

power of the Welsh Ministers to make

 
  

an order under section 86ZA of the

 
  

Water Industry Act 1991 (as inserted

 
  

by section 38).

 
 

Section 38(2)(a)

The Welsh Ministers.

 
 

Section (Disputes about the provision

The Welsh Ministers.

 
 

of public sewers: premises in Wales)

  
 

Section (Consumer redress)

The Secretary of State—

 
  

(a)    

in relation to wholly or mainly

 
  

English undertakers,

 
  

(b)    

in relation to water supply

 
  

licensees so far as their

 
  

licences relate to the use of the

 
  

supply systems of wholly or

 
  

mainly English water

 
  

undertakers, or

 
  

(c)    

in relation to sewerage

 
  

licensees so far as their

 
  

licences relate to the use of the

 
  

sewerage systems of wholly or

 
  

mainly English sewerage

 
  

undertakers.

 
  

The Welsh Ministers—

 
  

(a)    

in relation to wholly or mainly

 
  

Welsh undertakers,

 
  

(b)    

in relation to water supply

 
  

licensees so far as their

 
  

licences relate to the use of the

 
  

supply systems of wholly or

 
  

mainly Welsh water

 
  

undertakers, or

 
  

(c)    

in relation to sewerage

 
  

licensees so far as their

 
  

licences relate to the use of the

 
  

sewerage systems of wholly or

 
  

mainly Welsh sewerage

 
  

undertakers.

 
 

Section 42

The Secretary of State, in relation to

 
  

the main river map for England.

 
  

The Welsh Ministers, in relation to the

 
  

main river map for Wales.

 

 
 

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2          

A statutory instrument containing an order to be made by the Welsh Ministers

 

under section 56(3) in relation to section 5 and Schedule 5 may not be made

 

unless a draft has been laid before and approved by a resolution of the National

 

Assembly for Wales.

 

3          

In the table in paragraph 1—

 

(a)    

“wholly or mainly English water undertakers” means water

 

undertakers whose areas are wholly or mainly in England;

 

(b)    

“wholly or mainly English sewerage undertakers” means sewerage

 

undertakers whose areas are wholly or mainly in England;

 

(c)    

“wholly or mainly English undertakers” means undertakers falling

 

within paragraph (a) or (b);

 

(d)    

“wholly or mainly English water supply licensees” means water

 

supply licensees using the supply systems of water undertakers whose

 

areas are wholly or mainly in England;

 

(e)    

“wholly or mainly English sewerage licensees” means sewerage

 

licensees using the sewerage systems of sewerage undertakers whose

 

areas are wholly or mainly in England;

 

(f)    

“wholly or mainly English licensees” means licensees falling within

 

paragraph (d) or (e);

 

(g)    

“wholly or mainly Welsh water undertakers” means water undertakers

 

whose areas are wholly or mainly in Wales;

 

(h)    

“wholly or mainly Welsh sewerage undertakers” means sewerage

 

undertakers whose areas are wholly or mainly in Wales;

 

(i)    

“wholly or mainly Welsh undertakers” means undertakers falling

 

within paragraph (g) or (h);

 

(j)    

“wholly or mainly Welsh water supply licensees” means water supply

 

licensees using the supply systems of water undertakers whose areas

 

are wholly or mainly in Wales;

 

(k)    

“wholly or mainly Welsh sewerage licensees” means sewerage

 

licensees using the sewerage systems of sewerage undertakers whose

 

areas are wholly or mainly in Wales;

 

(l)    

“wholly or mainly Welsh licensees” means licensees falling within

 

paragraph (j) or (k).

 

4          

In paragraph 3—

 

(a)    

references to water undertakers’ supply systems are to be construed in

 

accordance with section 17B of the Water Industry Act 1991 (as

 

amended by section 2 of this Act);

 

(b)    

references to sewerage undertakers’ sewerage systems are to be

 

construed in accordance with section 17BA(7) of the Water Industry

 

Act 1991 (as inserted by section 4 of this Act).’.

 

 

Order of the House [25 November 2013]

 

That the following provisions shall apply to the Water Bill:

 

Committal

 

1.    

The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

 

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

 

2.    

Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously

 

concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 17 December 2013.


 
 

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3.    

The Public Bill Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on

 

which it meets.

 

Consideration and Third Reading

 

4.    

Proceedings on Consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the

 

day on which those proceedings are commenced.

 

5.    

Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

 

6.    

Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to

 

proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.

 

Other proceedings

 

7.    

Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on

 

consideration of any message from the Lords) may be programmed.

 

 

Order of the Committee [3 December 2013]

 

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

 
 

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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