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Thursday 6th November 2003


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CONSIDERATION OF BILL

WATER BILL [LORDS], AS AMENDED


NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO PART 1

Commencement and expiry of licences

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

       'After section 46 of the WRA there is inserted—

          "46B   Commencement and expiry of licences

          (1)   A licence granted under this Chapter to abstract water—

          (a) to prevent interference with any mining, quarrying or engineering operations (whether underground or surface); or

          (b) to prevent damage to works resulting from such operations ('de-watering abstractions'),

             shall be stated to take effect to expire simultaneously with any planning permission or any extension or amendment to any planning permission granted for such mining, quarrying or engineering operationss instead of a specific date, or dates, in the licence for the de-watering abstraction itself.

          (2)   In all other aspects, reference in this chapter to the date on which a licence is stated to take effect and on which it expires, insofar as a licence for the de-watering abstraction is concerned, refers to the commencement and expiry dates comprised in any planning permission authorising the mining, quarrying or engineering operations relevant to the de-watering abstraction.".'.


Renewal of licences (mines and quarries)

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

       'After section 46 of the WRA there is inserted—

          "46ZA   Renewal of licences (mines and quarries)

          (1)   An application to renew a licence granted under this Chapter to abstract water—

          (a) to prevent interference with any mining, quarrying or engineering operations (whether underground or surface); or

          (b) to prevent damage to works resulting from such operations ('de-watering abstractions'),

             shall be subject to the three tests specified in subsection (2).

          (2)   Those tests are that it can be reasonably demonstrated that—

          (a) enivronmental sustainability can be achieved;

          (b) the need for the licence is demonstrable; and

          (c) the water extracted under the licence is being and will be used efficiently and effectively.

          (3)   If the tests specified in subsection (2) are met, the licence will be renewed for a minimum of six years.

          (4)   Where an application to renew a licence under the preceding provisions of this section is refused, a person who made the application may appeal to the Secretary of State within such period and subject to such procedures as may be prescribed by order.

          46ZB   Renewal of licences (mines and quarries): compensation

             Where an application to renew a licence is refused under section 46ZA above, or the terms of the licence are varied and the effect of the resultant restriction or working rights would be such as to prejudice adversely to an unreasonable degree—

          (a) the economic viability of operating the site; or

          (b) the asset value of the site,

             compensation shall be payable in accordance with arrangements prescribed by order.".'.


Presumption of renewal of licences

   

Norman Baker
Sue Doughty

NC12

To move the following Clause:—

    'After section 38 of the WRA there is inserted—

          "38A Presumption of renewal of licences

             There shall be a presumption of renewal of a licence, subject to the provisions of section 38(1A) above, where the Agency is satisfied that—

          (a) abstraction under the new licence is environmentally sustainable;

          (b) there is a continued justification of need; and

          (c) water abstracted under the renewed licence will be used in an efficient manner.".'.


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne

3

Page     1,     line     5     [Clause     1],     at beginning insert—

    '( )   Each licence to abstract water shall be issued in response to an application for planning permission.

    ( )   The Environment Agency shall be consulted as part of the planning decision and shall regulate quarries by withdrawing abstraction licences.'.


   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

54

*Page     2     [Clause     1],     leave out lines 6 and 7 and insert—

      '(i) transferring water to another source of supply; or

      (ii) transferring water to the same source of supply, but at another point, in the course of dewatering activities in connection with mining, quarrying, engineering, building or other operations (whether underground or on the surface),

       in either case without intervening use (a "transfer licence");'.


   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

55

*Page     3,     line     19     [Clause     2],     leave out ' "relevant' and insert ' "the relevant'.


   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

56

*Page     4,     line     6     [Clause     3],     leave out paragraph (a).

   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

57

*Page     4,     line     8     [Clause     3],     leave out 'such notices' and insert 'notices of appeal under subsection (4)'.

   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

58

*Page     4,     line     39     [Clause     3],     leave out 'otherwise,' and insert 'in relation to England,'.


   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne

10

Page     7,     line     23     [Clause     6],     at end insert—

    '(1A)   Where the construction of a bore hole in connection with an exempt abstraction could affect the essential characteristics of water resources used by the licensed natural water abstractor, the consent of the Environment Agency must be sought.'.


   

Norman Baker
Sue Doughty

24

Page     8,     line     5     [Clause     6],     at end insert 'if it is to address an issue of national importance'.


   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

59

*Page     13,     line     34     [Clause     10],     leave out 'be taken to continue' and insert 'continue to be taken'.


   

Norman Baker
Sue Doughty

25

Page     17,     line     39     [Clause     14],     leave out 'in prescribed cases' and insert 'where it would be against the interests of national security'.


   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

60

*Page     18,     line     42     [Clause     15],     at end insert 'or a transfer licence'.


   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

61

*Page     19,     line     1     [Clause     15],     leave out 'full licence' and insert 'licence of the same type'.


   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

62

*Page     20,     line     20     [Clause     17],     leave out 'is taken to continue' and insert 'continues to be taken'.

   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

63

*Page     20,     line     23     [Clause     17],     leave out '(subject to subsection (11) of that section)'.

   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

64

*Page     20,     line     25     [Clause     17],     leave out 'is taken to continue' and insert 'continues to be taken'.

   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

65

*Page     20,     line     28     [Clause     17],     leave out 'is taken to continue' and insert 'continues to be taken'.

   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

66

*Page     20,     line     36     [Clause     17],     leave out 'that quantity or, if lower,'.

   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

67

*Page     20     [Clause     17],     leave out lines 38 to 44 and insert—

    '(3)   The maximum quantity is the lower of the following—

      (a) twenty cubic metres;

      (b) if, by virtue of an order under section 27A(1) above, section 27(1) above has, or has ever had, effect in relation to the source of supply and point of abstraction in question as if it referred to a quantity lower than twenty cubic metres, that lower quantity (or, if more than one, the lowest of them.'.


   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

68

*Page     21,     line     18     [Clause     17],     leave out 'other provision mentioned in' and insert 'provision mentioned in paragraph (a), (c), (d), (e) or (f) of'.

   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

69

*Page     21,     line     29     [Clause     17],     leave out 'be taken to continue' and insert 'continue to be taken'.

   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

70

*Page     21,     line     32     [Clause     17],     leave out 'be taken to continue' and insert 'continue to be taken'.

   

Mr Bill Wiggin
Mr George Osborne

4

Page     21,     line     42     [Clause     17],     leave out 'four' and insert 'six'.

   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

71

*Page     21,     line     45     [Clause     17],     after 'or', insert 'abstractions'.

   

Secretary Margaret Beckett

72

*Page     21,     line     48     [Clause     17],     leave out 'subsection (8)' and insert 'subsections (8) and (9)'.

 
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