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Consideration of Bill: 6 January 2014                  

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“(1B)    

Any company with a duty under subsections (1) and (1A) must furnish

 

the Secretary of State and the Authority with an annual review which

 

provides information about—

 

(a)    

their performance;

 

(b)    

the total amount of investment;

 

(c)    

their taxation structure;

 

(d)    

their corporate structure; and

 

(e)    

the total amount of dividends paid to shareholders.

 

(1C)    

Information under subsection (1B) must be provided prior to the

 

publication of the annual statement of the Secretary of State under section

 

2A.”.’.

 


 

Oversight of charges

 

Thomas Docherty

 

NC12

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘In section 2 of the Water Industry Act 1991 (general duties with respect of the

 

water industry), after subsection (2C) there is inserted—

 

“(2CA)    

For the purposes of subsection (2A)(a) above the Secretary of State or, as

 

the case may be, the Authority shall have regard to the rates of charges

 

to—

 

(a)    

household premises; and

 

(b)    

non-household premises.”.’.

 


 

Unlawful communications

 

Mr Andrew Love

 

NC13

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Section 109 of the Water Industry Act 1991 (sewerage: unlawful communication

 

with public sewer) is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

Omit subsection (1)(b).

 

(3)    

In subsection (2)(a) after “close”, insert “or redirect”.

 

(4)    

In subsection (2)(b) omit “from the offender”.

 

(5)    

At the end add—

 

“(4)    

The expenses are recoverable from—

 

(a)    

the offender; or

 

(b)    

the owner of the drain or sewer.


 
 

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(5)    

A person who obstructs a sewerage undertaker in exercising a power

 

under subsection (2)(a)—

 

(a)    

commits an offence; and

 

(b)    

is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5

 

on the standard scale.”.’.

 


 

Privatisation of water supply: review

 

John McDonnell

 

NC14

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Chapter 1 of this Act shall not come into force until the Secretary of State has laid

 

before Parliament a report on the performance of the water companies since the

 

privatisation of the arrangements for water supply came into force under the

 

Water Act 1989, the Water Industry Act 1991 and the Water Consolidation

 

(Consequential Provisions) Act 1991.

 

(2)    

A report under subsection (1) must in particular review—

 

(a)    

the cost of water to the consumer,

 

(b)    

the number of disconnections of water supply,

 

(c)    

the purity of the water supplied and the number and consequences of

 

water pollution incidences attributable to the operation of the water

 

companies,

 

(d)    

the incidencies of leakages, low pressure and disruptions to water supply,

 

(e)    

the levels of investment in the water supply infrastructure by the water

 

companies,

 

(f)    

the profits made and dividends paid to shareholders by the water

 

companies,

 

(g)    

the levels of management remuneration of the water companies,

 

(h)    

the levels of taxation paid by the water companies, and

 

(i)    

the adherence of the water companies in their operations in the UK and

 

internationally to the national legislation and international conventions

 

and treaties on the protection of the environment, human rights and

 

wages and employment conditions.’.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

4

 

Clause  2,  page  3,  line  16,  at end add—

 

‘(4)    

This section or any other provisions as the Secretary of State considers

 

appropriate in connection with the coming into force of this section, come into

 

force on whatever day or days the Secretary of State appoints by order (the

 

commencement order) made by statutory instrument.


 
 

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(5)    

An order to be made by the Secretary of State under subsection (4) may not be

 

made unless a draft has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each

 

House of Parliament.’.

 


 

Secretary Owen Paterson

 

13

 

Clause  12,  page  48,  line  8,  after ‘213’, insert ‘(2) to (2B)’.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Roger Williams

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

Mr Mark Spencer

 

2

 

Clause  21,  page  62,  line  19,  after ‘undertakers’, insert ‘and highway authorities’.

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Roger Williams

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

Mr Mark Spencer

 

3

 

Clause  21,  page  62,  line  22,  after ‘undertaker’, insert ‘or a highway authority’.

 

Mr Mark Spencer

 

1

 

Clause  21,  page  62,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

Highways authorities must include in schemes for the construction of new roads,

 

drainage systems with a specification designed to decrease the risk of flooding of

 

public sewerage systems.’.

 


 

Secretary Owen Paterson

 

55

 

Clause  22,  page  63,  line  25,  leave out ‘against’ and insert ‘regards’.

 

Secretary Owen Paterson

 

56

 

Clause  22,  page  63,  line  32,  after ‘resources’ insert ‘in sustainable ways’.


 
 

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Secretary Owen Paterson

 

57

 

Clause  22,  page  63,  line  32,  after ‘demand’ insert ‘for water so as to reduce

 

pressure on water resources’.

 


 

Secretary Owen Paterson

 

14

 

Clause  29,  page  69,  line  42,  after ‘retail authorisations’, insert ‘or restricted retail

 

authorisations’.

 

Secretary Owen Paterson

 

15

 

Clause  29,  page  69,  line  42,  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Minister’.

 

Secretary Owen Paterson

 

16

 

Clause  29,  page  70,  line  3,  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Minister’.

 

Secretary Owen Paterson

 

17

 

Clause  29,  page  70,  line  6,  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Minister’.

 

Secretary Owen Paterson

 

18

 

Clause  29,  page  70,  line  8,  leave out ‘Secretary of State’s’ and insert ‘Minister’s’.

 

Secretary Owen Paterson

 

19

 

Clause  29,  page  70,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

‘(6)    

In this section—

 

“the Minister” means——

 

(a)    

the Secretary of State, in relation to supplies of water made in

 

accordance with a retail authorisation;

 

(b)    

the Welsh Ministers, in relation to supplies of water made in

 

accordance with a restricted retail authorisation;

 

“prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made by the Minister.”.’.

 

Secretary Owen Paterson

 

20

 

Clause  29,  page  70,  line  47,  leave out ‘prescribed’ and insert ‘specified in the

 

direction’.

 

Secretary Owen Paterson

 

21

 

Clause  29,  page  71,  leave out lines 16 to 18 and insert—

 

‘(2)    

In the application of section 39 by virtue of subsection (1)—

 

(a)    

a reference to a water undertaker is to be treated as a reference to a water

 

supply licensee, and


 
 

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(b)    

a reference to the Secretary of State is to be treated as a reference to the

 

Minister (as defined in section 38ZA(6)).

 

(3)    

Regulations under section 38ZA are to be made by statutory instrument.

 

(4)    

A statutory instrument containing regulations under section 38ZA is subject to

 

annulment in pursuance of a resolution of—

 

(a)    

either House of Parliament, in the case of regulations made by the

 

Secretary of State;

 

(b)    

the National Assembly for Wales, in the case of regulations made by the

 

Welsh Ministers.

 

(5)    

Section 213(2) to (2B) applies to regulations made by the Welsh Ministers under

 

section 38ZA as it applies to regulations made by the Secretary of State.”’.

 


 

Secretary Owen Paterson

 

22

 

Clause  30,  page  72,  line  31,  leave out ‘prescribed’ and insert ‘specified in the

 

direction’.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Roger Williams

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

5

 

Clause  51,  page  107,  line  5,  after ‘premises’, insert ‘and small businesses’.

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Roger Williams

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

6

 

Clause  51,  page  107,  line  7,  after ‘premises’, insert ‘and small businesses’.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Roger Williams

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

8

 

Clause  53,  page  107,  line  37,  after ‘made’, insert ‘which shall include the

 

occurrence of a 1 in 200 year loss scenario’.

 



 
 

Consideration of Bill: 6 January 2014                  

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Water Bill, continued

 
 

Secretary Owen Paterson

 

58

 

Clause  64,  page  115,  line  34,  leave out ‘relevant insurers’ and insert ‘insurers of a

 

description specified in the regulations’.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Roger Williams

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

7

 

Clause  69,  page  119,  line  37,  at end insert ‘“small businesses”.’.

 


 

Secretary Owen Paterson

 

59

 

Clause  77,  page  123,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

Schedule (Orders under section 77: further provision) (further provision about

 

orders under this section) has effect.’.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Roger Williams

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

9

 

Clause  80,  page  124,  line  1,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

section [Provision of benefits information].’.

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Roger Williams

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

Mr Mark Spencer

 

10

 

Clause  80,  page  124,  line  1,  at end insert—

 

‘(f)    

section [Sustainable drainage and automatic right to connect].’.

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

11

 

Clause  80,  page  124,  line  1,  at end insert—

 

‘(g)    

section [Abstraction reform].’.


 
 

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Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Roger Williams

 

Jim Fitzpatrick

 

Mrs Mary Glindon

 

12

 

Clause  80,  page  124,  line  1,  at end insert—

 

‘(h)    

section [Retail exit].’.

 


 

NEW SCHEDULE

 

Secretary Owen Paterson

 

NS1

 

To move the following Schedule:—

 

‘Orders under section 77: further provision

 

Introductory

 

1    (1)  

The provision that may be made by an order under section 77 (“a section 77

 

order”) includes such provision as is mentioned in this Schedule.

 

      (2)  

Nothing in this Schedule affects the generality of section 77.

 

New retail authorisations and the threshold requirement

 

2    (1)  

A section 77 order may make provision for the threshold requirement (see

 

section 17D of the Water Industry Act 1991) to have effect for a relevant

 

period in relation to the supply of water to any premises, where the supply to

 

those premises is made in connection with the introduction of water into the

 

supply system of a water undertaker under a new wholesale authorisation.

 

      (2)  

Provision under sub-paragraph (1) may in particular include such

 

modifications of Schedule 2A to the Water Industry Act 1991 (forms of

 

authorisations given by water supply licences) as appear to the Secretary of

 

State to be appropriate.

 

Modifications relating to new wholesale authorisations

 

3    (1)  

Where a section 77 order makes provision as regards new wholesale

 

authorisations, that provision may include provision for provisions of the

 

Water Industry Act 1991 to have effect for a relevant period with such

 

modifications as appear to the Secretary of State to be appropriate.

 

      (2)  

Provision under sub-paragraph (1) may include provision for applying old

 

provisions of the Water Industry Act 1991 with such modifications as appear

 

to the Secretary of State to be appropriate.

 

      (3)  

Provision under sub-paragraph (2) may in particular provide for the

 

application of provision in old section 66D(2) to (8) for the purpose of

 

determining—

 

(a)    

the period for which, and

 

(b)    

the terms and conditions on which,

 

            

a water undertaker’s duties under new section 66B or 66C are to be performed.

 

      (4)  

Provision under sub-paragraph (2) may in particular provide for the

 

application of provision in old section 66E for the purpose of determining


 
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