Amendments proposed to the Water Bill [Lords] - continued House of Commons

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Health and Safety Commission

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne
Mr Robert Key

NC7

To move the following Clause:—

       "After section 2 of the WIA there is inserted—

    '2AHealth and Safety Commission    (1)   The Secretary of State, the Assembly and the Authority shall from time to time consult the Health and Safety Commission, and relevant undertakers, about all safety matters which may be relevant to the carrying out of any of their and relevant undertakers' respective functions under this Act.

    (2)   The Secretary of State, the Assembly and the Authority shall, in carrying out their functions under this Act, take into account any advice given by the Health and Safety Commission about any safety issue, whether or not in response to consultation under subsection (1).".'.


Scope of regulatory appeals

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne
Mr Robert Key

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

       'In section 12 of the WIA, after subsection (4) there is inserted—

    "(4A)   In determining any question or other matter under subsection (3) above, the Competition Commission may consider as determined any matter in respect of which the appointed company does not dispute the determination by the Authority.".'.


Duty to carry out impact assessments

   

Mr Andrew Lansley

NC22

To move the following Clause—

       'After section 5 of the WIA, there is inserted—

          "5A   Duty to carry out impact assessments

          (1)   This section applies where—

          (a) the Authority is proposing to do anything for the purposes of, or in connection with, the carrying out of its functions; and

          (b) it appears to it that the proposal is important;

             but this section does not apply if it appears to the Authority that urgency of the matter makes it impracticable or inappropriate for it to comply with the requirements of this section.

          (2)   A proposal is important for the purposes of this section only if its implementation would be likely to do one or more of the following—

          (a) to involve a major change in the activities carried on by the Authority;

          (b) to have a significant impact on persons carrying on businesses in the markets for any of the services and facilities in relation to which the Authority has functions; or

          (c) to have a significant impact on the general public in the United Kingdom or in a part of the United Kingdom.

          (3)   Before implementing its proposal, the Authority must either—

          (a) carry out and publish an assessment of the likely impact of implementing the proposal; or

          (b) publish a statement setting out its reasons for thinking that it is unnecessary for it to carry out an assessment.

          (4)   An assessment carried out under this section—

          (a) may take such form, and

          (b) must relate to such matters,

             as the Authority considers appropriate.

          (5)   In determining the matters to which an assessment under this section should relate, the Authority must have regard to such general guidance relating to the carrying out of impact assessments as it considers appropriate.

          (6)   Where the Authority publishes an assessment under this section—

          (a) it must provide an opportunity of making representations to it about its proposal to members of the public and other persons who, in the Authority's opinion, are likely to be affected to a significant extent by its implementation;

          (b) the published assessment must be accompanied by a statement setting out how representations may be made; and

          (c) the Authority is not to implement its proposal unless the period for making representations about is has expired and it has considered all the representations that were made in that period.

          (7)   Where the Authority is required (apart from this section)—

          (a) to consult about a proposal to which this section applies, or

          (b) to give a person an opportunity of making representations about it,

             the requirements of this section are in addition to, but may be performed contemporaneously with, the other requirements.

          (8)   Every report under section 192(b) must set out—

          (a) a list of the assessments under this section carried out during the financial year to which the report relates; and

          (b) a summary of the decisions taken during that year in relation to proposals to which assessments carried out in that year or previous financial years relate.

          (9)   The publication of anything under this section must be in such manner as the Authority considers appropriate for bringing it to the attention of the persons who, in the Authority's opinion, are likely to be affected if its proposal is implemented.".'.


   

Mr Andrew Lansley

248

Schedule     4,     page     143,     leave out lines 27 and 28.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne
Mr Robert Key

123

Schedule     4,     page     143,     leave out lines 27 to 30.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne
Mr Robert Key

124

Schedule     4,     page     145,     leave out lines 17 to 34.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne
Mr Robert Key

125

Schedule     4,     page     145,     leave out lines 39 to 42.

   

Mr Andrew Lansley

249

Schedule     4,     page     146,     line     42, at end insert—

    '(2A)   For the purpose of calculating the threshold requirement in subsection (2) above, supply to household premises may be aggregated in circumstances where the households share their facilties for the supply of the water.'.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne
Mr Robert Key

126

Schedule     4,     page     148,     leave out lines 24 and 25.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne
Mr Robert Key

127

Schedule     4,     page     148,     line     25,     leave out 'paid into the Consolidated Fund' and insert 'minimal'.

   

Mr Elliot Morley

265

Schedule     4,     page     164,     line     34,     leave out 'Office of Fair Trading' and insert 'OFT'.

   

Mr Elliot Morley

266

Schedule     4,     page     172,     line     4,     leave out 'Office of Fair Trading' and insert 'OFT'.

   

Mr Andrew Lansley

250

Schedule     4,     page     172,     line     25,     leave out from 'expenses' to end of line 26.

   

Mr Andrew Lansley

251

Schedule     4,     page     172,     line     35,     leave out from 'which' to end of line 39 and inset 'is calculated to represent—

      (a) the qualifying expenses, less any avoidable expenses, and a reasonable return on the funds employed in meeting the qualifying expenses, or

      (b) the amount which the water undertaker reasonably expected to recover from relevant customers reduced by the proportion of that amount which reflects avoidable expenses and the return attributable to those expenses.'.

   

Mr Andrew Lansley

252

Schedule     4,     page     172,     line     39,     at end insert—

    '(3A)   The Authority may, in determining the appropriate amount for the purposes of subsection (1) above, take account of the benefits to consumers of determining an amount which promotes competition in the wholesale supply of water by secondary water undertakings.'.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne
Mr Robert Key

128

Schedule     4,     page     176,     line     24,     after 'shall', insert 'deliberately'.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne
Mr Robert Key

129

Schedule     4,     page     177,     line     12,     after 'shall', insert 'deliberately'.


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne
Mr Robert Key

105

Clause     60,     page     75,     leave out lines 16 to 24.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne
Mr Robert Key

106

Clause     60,     page     75,     line     29,     leave out subsection (7).

   

Mr Elliot Morley

260

Clause     60,     page     76,     leave out lines 3 to 5.


   

Norman Baker
Sue Doughty

287

Clause     63,     page     81,     line     6,     at end insert 'or such higher amount as the Secretary of State may by order determine.'.


   

Norman Baker
Sue Doughty

288

Clause     64,     page     81,     line     12,     at end insert 'or such higher amount as the Secretary of State may by order determine.'.


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne
Mr Robert Key

112

Clause     67,     page     88,     leave out lines 1 to 14.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne
Mr Robert Key

113

Clause     67,     page     88,     leave out lines 15 to 29.


   

Mr Elliot Morley

261

Clause     81,     page     96,     line     40,     leave out 'in pursuance of' and insert 'pursuant to'.


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne
Mr Robert Key

211

Clause     85,     page     98,     line     22,     leave out subsection (1) and insert—

    '(1)   It is the duty of each public authority, in carrying out his or its functions, to have regard, so far as is consistent with the proper exercise of those functions, to the purpose of furthering the conservation of water.'.

   

Ms Candy Atherton

231

Clause     85,     page     98,     leave out lines 23 and 24 and insert 'have a duty to promote water conservation'.

 
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