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House of Commons

 
 

Monday 6 January 2014

 

Consideration of Bill

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

Water Bill, As Amended


 

New Clauses

 

Legislative competence for water in Wales

 

Hywel Williams

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The National Assembly for Wales shall have legislative competence for water up

 

to the geographical boundary with England.’.

 


 

Retail exit

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Roger Williams

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision about the transfer of

 

an undertaker’s assets and liabilities associated with its non-household retail

 

business into a separate company.

 

(2)    

Regulations under this section are to be made by statutory instrument.

 

(3)    

Regulations under subsection (1) may, in particular, make provision for any such

 

transfer to be subject to—

 

(a)    

approval by the Secretary of State;

 

(b)    

any such safeguards as may be specified in the regulations;

 

(c)    

the transferee company holding a licence containing a retail authorisation

 

pursuant to section 17A of the Water Industry Act 1991;


 
 

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(d)    

the provision of any information or other such assistance from the

 

relevant undertaker as may be required by the Secretary of State for the

 

purposes of approving the transfer.’.

 


 

Provision of benefits information

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Roger Williams

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision about the disclosure of

 

benefits information about occupiers to water undertakers and sewerage

 

undertakers in connection with section 144C of the Water Industry Act 1991

 

(non-owner occupiers).

 

(2)    

In this section “benefits information” means information which is held for benefit

 

entitlement purposes by the Department for Work and Pensions.’.

 


 

Sustainable drainage and automatic right to connect

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Roger Williams

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

Mr Mark Spencer

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Secretary of State shall by order made by statutory instrument implement

 

the provisions of section 32 and Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management

 

Act 2010, and any other provisions as the Secretary of State considers appropriate

 

in connection with the coming into force of those provisions, no later than the end

 

of the period of one month beginning with the date on which this Act is passed.’.

 



 
 

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Abstraction reform

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

NC5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State shall by regulations make provision to introduce a

 

reformed abstraction regime.

 

(2)    

An abstraction regime under subsection (1) must—

 

(a)    

be resilient to the challenges of climate change;

 

(b)    

be resilient to the challenges of population growth; and

 

(c)    

better protect the environment.

 

(3)    

An abstraction regime must be introduced no later than the end of the period of

 

seven years beginning with the date on which this Act is passed.

 

(4)    

Regulations under this section—

 

(a)    

shall be made by statutory instrument; and

 

(b)    

may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before and

 

approved by a resolution of both Houses of Parliament.’.

 


 

Onshore oil or gas activities—effect on water environment

 

Joan Walley

 

John McDonnell

 

nc6

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘In Part 1 of Schedule 5 of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales)

 

Regulations 2010 there shall be inserted after paragraph 13 the following—

 

“Onshore oil or gas activities—effect on water environment

 

13A(1)  

Without prejudice to the operation of Regulation 35(2) and paragraph

 

5(1)(d) of Schedule 10 and of Regulation 35(2) and paragraph 7(j) of

 

Schedule 20, the regulator shall refuse an application for the grant or

 

variation of an environmental permit or for the transfer in whole or in

 

part of an environmental permit if—

 

(a)    

the regulated facility to which the application for or transfer of

 

the environmental permit relates is to be carried on as part of

 

an onshore oil or gas activity; and

 

(b)    

the regulator is not satisfied that the applicant or the proposed

 

transferee has made or will make adequate financial provision

 

for preventing or mitigating pollution of the water

 

environment, by ensuring all of the following—

 

(i)    

operation of the regulated facility in accordance with

 

the environmental permit;

 

(ii)    

compliance with any enforcement notice or

 

suspension notice or prohibition notice or mining

 

waste facility closure notice or landfill closure notice


 
 

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which may be served on the applicant or transferee by

 

the regulator under these Regulations;

 

(iii)    

compliance with any order of the High Court which

 

may be obtained against the applicant or transferee

 

under Regulation 42 for the purpose of securing

 

compliance with any of the notices listed in sub-

 

paragraph (ii).

 

(iv)    

compliance with any order of any court issued under

 

Regulation 44 against the applicant or transferee; and

 

(v)    

recovery by the regulator of its costs upon any

 

exercise of its power against the applicant or

 

transferee under Regulation 57;

 

(c)    

for the purpose of this paragraph ‘onshore oil or gas activity’

 

means any activity for the purpose of exploration for or

 

extraction of onshore oil and gas;

 

(d)    

for the purpose of this paragraph ‘adequate provision by way

 

of financial security’ means financial provision which is

 

sufficient in value, secure and available when required.”.’.

 


 

National affordability scheme

 

Thomas Docherty

 

NC7

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State must, by order, introduce a National Affordability Scheme

 

for water.

 

(2)    

The National Affordability Scheme must include an eligibility criteria,

 

determined by the Secretary of State, in consultation with—

 

(a)    

the Water Services Regulation Authority; and

 

(b)    

the Consumer Council for Water.

 

(3)    

An order under this section—

 

(a)    

shall be made by statutory instrument; and

 

(b)    

may not be made unless a draft of the order has been laid before and

 

approved by resolution of each House of Parliament.’.

 


 

Billing information: affordability

 

Thomas Docherty

 

NC8

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Any company providing water services to a residential household must include

 

on its bills—

 

(a)    

details of any tariffs provided by that company;


 
 

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(b)    

a recommendation of the lowest possible tariff for each residential

 

household; and

 

(c)    

information regarding eligibility criteria and how to make an application

 

for assistance under Water Sure.’.

 


 

Provision of information to water companies: landlords

 

Thomas Docherty

 

NC9

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Water Industry Act 1991 is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

After section 207 (Provision of false information) there is inserted—

 

“Provision of information to water companies: landlords

 

            

Where a water company does not have information about a resident in

 

a property that is using water, if the occupants of that property are

 

tenants, the landlord must, on request, provide to the water company

 

contact details for the tenants.”.’.

 


 

Water companies: recovery of losses

 

Thomas Docherty

 

NC10

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State, or the Authority, may prohibit losses to a water company

 

due to non-payment of bills from being recovered through charges on customers.

 

(2)    

This section comes into force on the day after the Secretary of State has laid

 

before Parliament a report setting out how water companies have failed to take

 

action on these matters.’.

 


 

Duties of undertakers to furnish the Secretary of State with information: annual review

 

Thomas Docherty

 

NC11

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Section 202 of the Water Industry Act 1991 (duties to undertakers to furnish the

 

Secretary of State with information) is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

After subsection (1A) there is inserted—


 
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