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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Thursday 19 December 2013

 

For other Amendment(s) see the following page(s) of Supplement to Votes:

 

1429-32

 

Consideration of Bill


 

Water Bill, As Amended

 

Onshore oil or gas activities—effect on water environment

 

Joan Walley

 

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

 

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


 
 

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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;

 

(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.’.


 
 

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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—

 

“(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.”.’.


 
 

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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.

 

(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.”.’.

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

13

 

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

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

14

 

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

 

authorisations’.

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

15

 

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


 
 

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Mr Owen Paterson

 

16

 

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

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

17

 

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

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

18

 

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

 

Mr 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.”.’.

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

20

 

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

 

direction’.

 

Mr 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

 

(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.”’.

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

22

 

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

 

direction’.


 
 

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Mr Owen Paterson

 

23

 

Schedule  4,  page  158,  line  13,  leave out ‘taking away matter discharged from the’

 

and insert ‘providing sewerage services to’.

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

24

 

Schedule  5,  page  164,  line  44,  at end insert—

 

‘24A (1)  

Section 38ZA (standards of performance in connection with the supply of

 

water: water supply licensees) (inserted by section 29) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (1), the words “or restricted retail authorisations” are repealed.

 

      (3)  

In subsection (6), for the definition of “the Minister” there is substituted—

 

“the Minister” means—

 

(c)    

the Secretary of State, in respect of the supply of water by a water

 

supply licensee in accordance with the licensee’s retail

 

authorisation using the supply system of a water undertaker

 

whose area is wholly or mainly in England;

 

(d)    

the Welsh Ministers, in respect of the supply of water by a water

 

supply licensee in accordance with the licensee’s retail

 

authorisation using the supply system of a water undertaker

 

whose area is wholly or mainly in Wales;”.’.

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

25

 

Schedule  5,  page  165,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

‘26A      

In section 63AC(4) (as substituted by section 31), the words “or a restricted

 

retail authorisation” are repealed.’.

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

26

 

Schedule  5,  page  166,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘35A (1)  

Section 95ZA (standards of performance in connection with provision of

 

sewerage services: sewerage licensees) (inserted by section 30) is amended as

 

follows.

 

      (2)  

In the following places—

 

(a)    

the opening words of subsection (1),

 

(b)    

subsection (1)(b)(i), and

 

(c)    

subsection (2),

 

            

for “the Secretary of State” there is substituted “the Minister”.

 

      (3)  

In subsection (2), for “Secretary of State’s” there is substituted “Minister’s”.

 

      (4)  

After subsection (5) there is inserted—

 

“(6)    

In this section—

 

“the Minister” means—

 

(a)    

the Secretary of State, in respect of the provision of services by

 

a sewerage licensee in accordance with the licensee’s retail

 

authorisation using the sewerage system of a sewerage

 

undertaker whose area is wholly or mainly in England;

 

(b)    

the Welsh Ministers, in respect of the provision of services by a

 

sewerage licensee in accordance with the licensee’s retail

 

authorisation using the sewerage system of a sewerage

 

undertaker whose area is wholly or mainly in Wales;


 
 

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

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

27

 

Schedule  5,  page  166,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘35B      

In section 96ZA (procedure for regulations under section 95ZA) (inserted by

 

section 30), for subsection (2) there is substituted—

 

“(2)    

In the application of section 96 by virtue of subsection (1)—

 

(a)    

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

 

reference to a sewerage licensee, and

 

(b)    

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

 

reference to the Minister (as defined in section 95ZA(6)).

 

(3)    

Regulations under section 95ZA are to be made by statutory

 

instrument.

 

(4)    

A statutory instrument containing regulations under section 95ZA 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 95ZA as it applies to regulations made by the

 

Secretary of State.”’.

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

28

 

Schedule  5,  page  169,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

‘44A      

In section 195(3AA), after “water supply licensee” there is inserted “or a

 

sewerage licensee”.’.

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

29

 

Schedule  7,  page  173,  line  14,  after ‘40F,’, insert ‘63AC to 63AF,’.

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

30

 

Schedule  7,  page  173,  line  16,  after ‘110G,’, insert ‘110L to 110O,’.

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

31

 

Schedule  7,  page  189,  line  16,  after ‘manner’, insert ‘and with such frequency’.

 

Mr Owen Paterson

 

32

 

Schedule  7,  page  189,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

‘(1B)    

The Authority may direct that the requirement in subsection (1A) is not to apply

 

to such water supply licensees as may be specified in the direction.”’.


 
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