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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 10 December 2013

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Water Bill


 

[Fourth and Fifth SITTINGs]


 

Thomas Docherty

 

Withdrawn  135

 

Clause  16,  page  47,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

‘(i)    

make provision for section [Billing information: affordability].

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Withdrawn  138

 

Clause  16,  page  47,  line  36,  at end insert—

 

‘(i)    

make provision about the rates of charges to household premises and

 

non-household premises.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

Agreed to  93

 

Clause  16,  page  48,  line  11,  leave out ‘review the’ and insert ‘revise’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

Agreed to  94

 

Clause  16,  page  48,  line  12,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The Authority must issue revised rules if—

 

(a)    

guidance is issued under section 143D, and

 

(b)    

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

 

appropriate to revise the rules.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

Agreed to  32

 

Clause  16,  page  48,  line  34,  leave out from ‘rules’ to end of line 35.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  167

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  16,  page  48,  line  38,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  168

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  16,  page  48,  line  41,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes


 
 

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24

 

Water Bill, continued

 
 

part or all of’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

Agreed to  33

 

Clause  16,  page  49,  line  2,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

This section is subject to section 143CA.

 

             143CA Rules under section 143B: minor or urgent revisions

 

(1)    

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

 

143B 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 143C 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 143C.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

Agreed to  95

 

Clause  16,  page  49,  line  4,  leave out ‘must’ and insert ‘may’.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  169

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  16,  page  49,  line  21,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  170

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  16,  page  49,  line  23,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.


 
 

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Water Bill, continued

 
 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Dan Rogerson

 

Agreed to  96

 

Clause  17,  page  50,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

make provision about publication of the charges that may be

 

imposed.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

Agreed to  97

 

Clause  17,  page  50,  line  47,  leave out ‘review’ and insert ‘revise’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

Agreed to  98

 

Clause  17,  page  50,  line  48,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

The Authority must issue revised rules if—

 

(a)    

guidance is issued under section 144ZC, and

 

(b)    

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

 

appropriate to revise the rules.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

Agreed to  34

 

Clause  17,  page  51,  line  20,  leave out from ‘rules’ to end of line 21.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  171

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  17,  page  51,  line  24,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  172

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  17,  page  51,  line  27,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

Agreed to  35

 

Clause  17,  page  51,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

This section is subject to section 144ZBA.

 

             144ZBA Rules under section 144ZA: minor or urgent revisions

 

(1)    

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

 

144ZA 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 144ZB 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.


 
 

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Water Bill, continued

 
 

(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 144ZB.’.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  173

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  17,  page  52,  line  7,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  174

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  17,  page  52,  line  9,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clause 18 Agreed to.

 


 

Dan Rogerson

 

Agreed to  36

 

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,”.’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clause 20 Agreed to.

 



 
 

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Water Bill, continued

 
 

Dan Rogerson

 

Agreed to  143

 

Clause  21,  page  55,  leave out line 26.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clause 22 Agreed to.

 


 

Thomas Docherty

 

Negatived on division  140

 

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

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Not called  141

 

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

 

‘(2)    

In that subsection, 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.”.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Provides reforms to wholesalers with regards the improvement of water efficiency.

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Not selected  131

 

Page  56,  line  35,  leave out Clause 23.

 

Clause Agreed to on division.

 


 

Thomas Docherty

 

Withdrawn  136

 

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

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Not called  137

 

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

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  175

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  24,  page  57,  line  8,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.

 

Thomas Docherty

 

Not called  139

 

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.’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 10 December 2013        

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Water Bill, continued

 
 

Dan Rogerson

 

Agreed to  99

 

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

 

‘(fa)    

the NRBW, and’.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  176

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  24,  page  57,  line  39,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  177

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  24,  page  57,  line  41,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  178

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  24,  page  58,  line  4,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

Agreed to  100

 

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

 

‘(fa)    

the Environment Agency, and’.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  179

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  24,  page  58,  line  31,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  180

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  24,  page  58,  line  33,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clauses 25 and 26 Agreed to.

 


 

Dan Rogerson

 

Agreed to  101

 

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

 

‘(da)    

the NRBW, and’.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  181

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  27,  page  60,  line  35,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings: 10 December 2013        

29

 

Water Bill, continued

 
 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Dan Rogerson

 

Agreed to  37

 

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

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  182

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  28,  page  61,  line  9,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  183

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  28,  page  61,  line  11,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  184

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  28,  page  61,  line  45,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  185

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  28,  page  62,  line  2,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clauses 29 to 33 Agreed to.

 


 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  186

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  34,  page  68,  line  21,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

Agreed to  102

 

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

 

Hywel Williams

 

Not selected  187

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  34,  page  68,  line  37,  leave out ‘is wholly or mainly in’ and insert ‘includes

 

part or all of’.


 
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