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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 7 January 2010

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Flood and Water Management Bill


 

Note

 

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Resolution of the

 

Progamming Sub-Committee.

 


 

Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee

 

The Programming Sub-Committee appointed by the Speaker in respect of the Bill

 

agreed the following Resolution at its meeting on Tuesday 5 January (Standing Order

 

No.  83C):

 

That—

 

(1)  

the Committee shall (in addition to its first meeting at 9.00 am on Thursday

 

7 January) meet—

 

(a)  

at 1.00 pm on Thursday 7 January;

 

(b)  

at 10.30 am and 4.00 pm on Tuesday 12 January;

 

(c)  

at 9.00 am and 1.00 pm on Thursday 14 January;

 

(d)  

at 10.30 am and 4.00 pm on Tuesday 19 January;

 

(e)  

at 9.00 am and 1.00 pm on Thursday 21 January;

 

(2)  

the Committee shall hear oral evidence in accordance with the following

 

Table:

 

      TABLE

 

Date

Time

Witness

 
 

Thursday 7 January

Until no later than

Department for

 
  

10.25 am

Environment, Food and

 
   

Rural Affairs

 
 

Thursday 7 January

Until no later than

Environment Agency;

 
  

2.00 pm

Local Government

 
   

Association; Local

 
   

Government Flood

 
   

Forum; Local

 
   

Government Information

 
   

Unit

 
 

Thursday 7 January

Until no later than

National Farmers Union;

 
  

3.00 pm

Association of Drainage

 
   

Authorities; Association

 
   

of British Insurers; Royal

 
   

Society for the Protection

 
   

of Birds; Woodland

 
   

Trust; National Flood

 
   

Forum

 
 

Thursday 7 January

Until no later than

Water Services

 
  

4.00 pm

Regulation Authority

 
   

(“OFWAT”); Water UK;

 
   

Consumer Council for

 
   

Water

 

 
 

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(3)  

proceedings on consideration of the Bill in Committee shall be taken in the

 

following order: Clauses 1 to 30; Schedule 1; Clause 31; Schedule 2; Clause

 

32; Schedule 3; Clause 33; Schedule 4; Clause 34; Schedule 5; Clauses 35 to

 

46; new Clauses; new Schedules; remaining proceedings on the Bill;

 

(4)  

the proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a

 

conclusion at 5.00 pm on Tuesday 21 January.

 

Huw Irranca-Davies has given notice of his intention to move a motion in the terms of

 

the Resolution of the Programming Sub-Committee (Standing Order No. 83C(9)).

 


 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

That, at this and any subsequent meeting at which oral evidence is to be heard, the

 

Committee shall sit in private until the witnesses are admitted.

 


 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

That, subject to the discretion of the Chairman, any written evidence received by the

 

Committee shall be reported to the House for publication.

 



 
 

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Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

3

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  33,  before ‘maintaining’ insert ‘re-instating’.

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

7

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  2,  after ‘information’, insert ‘to all interested parties’.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

8

 

Clause  6,  page  4,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

‘(g)    

any land owners with a relevant interest.’.

 


 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

1

 

Clause  7,  page  5,  line  12,  leave out ‘objectives’ and insert ‘landscape scale

 

objectives, including how the strategy will protect biodiversity, semi-natural habitats and

 

encourage native woodland creation.’.

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

9

 

Clause  7,  page  5,  line  31,  leave out subsection (9) and insert—

 

‘(9)    

An approved strategy or guidance under this section may not be made unless a

 

draft has been laid before and approved by resolution of each House of

 

Parliament.’.

 


 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

2

 

Clause  8,  page  6,  line  9,  leave out ‘objectives’ and insert ‘landscape scale

 

objectives, including how the strategy will protect biodiversity, semi-natural habitats and

 

encourage native woodland creation.’.

 



 
 

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Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

10

 

Clause  9,  page  6,  line  37,  after ‘the’, insert ‘revised’.

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

12

 

Clause  9,  page  7,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

water companies.’.

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

23

 

Clause  9,  page  7,  line  7,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

the relevant sewerage undertaker(s).’.

 


 

Angela Watkinson

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

24

 

Clause  10,  page  8,  line  5,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

the relevant sewerage undertaker(s).’.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

11

 

Clause  11,  page  8,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

be consulted on all major new developments and their waste water

 

capacity’.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

13

 

Clause  13,  page  9,  line  35,  leave out ‘may’ and insert ‘must’.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

14

 

Clause  14,  page  10,  line  35,  at end insert—


 
 

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‘(c)    

subject to any reasonable confidentiality restrictions.’.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

15

 

Clause  15,  page  11,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

‘(9A)    

Any instrument (regulation or order) under this section may not be made unless

 

a draft has been laid before and approved by resolution of each House of

 

Parliament.’.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

17

 

Clause  18,  page  12,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

‘(5)    

The Agency must also publish on a quarterly basis its programme of regular

 

maintenance work carried out on main water courses.’.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Nick Herbert

 

Angela Watkinson

 

26

 

Clause  21,  page  13,  line  21,  leave out subsection (1) and insert—

 

‘(1)    

A lead local flood authority must establish and maintain a register, which in

 

particular, must include information, including mapping, on—

 

(a)    

structures or features which, in the opinion of the authority, are likely to

 

have a significant effect on a flood risk in its area, and

 

(b)    

Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems in its area.

 

(2)    

A lead local flood authority must establish and maintain a record of information

 

in connection with any of the things specified in subsection (1), including

 

information about ownership and state of repair.’.

 


 

Angela Watkinson

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

25

 

Schedule  1,  page  32,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

    ‘(6)  

Condition 5 is that a designating authority may only designate infrastructure if

 

this does not compromise its primary purpose.’.

 



 
 

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Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

4

 

Schedule  2,  page  39,  line  35,  after ‘of’, insert ‘re-instating’.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

5

 

Schedule  2,  page  40,  line  44,  after ‘of’, insert ‘re-instating’.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

6

 

Schedule  2,  page  46,  line  3,  after ‘of’, insert ‘re-instating’.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

18

 

Schedule  3,  page  48,  line  8,  leave out paragraph 2 and insert—

 

‘“Sustainable Urban Drainage System” means a drainage system which—

 

(a)    

facilitates attenuation, settlement or treatment of surface water from two

 

or more premises (whether or not together with road water), and

 

(b)    

includes one or more of the following:

 

(i)    

inlet;

 

(ii)    

outlet structures;

 

(iii)    

swales;

 

(iv)    

constructed wetlands;

 

(v)    

ponds;

 

(vi)    

filter trenches;

 

(vii)    

attenuation tanks, and

 

(viii)    

detention basins (together with any associated pipes and

 

equipment).’.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

19

 

Clause  35,  page  18,  line  1,  leave out subsection (2) and insert—

 

‘(2)    

The regulators must allow a water undertaker or sewerage undertaker to

 

undertake an infrastructure project which is to be put out to tender in accordance

 

with the regulators.’.

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

20

 

Clause  35,  page  18,  line  1,  leave out subsection (2) and insert—


 
 

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‘(2)    

The regulations may allow the Minister to prohibit a water undertaker or

 

sewerage undertaker from undertaking a specified infrastructure project which is

 

to be put out to tender in accordance with the regulations for a period of no more

 

than one year from the date of specification.’.

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

21

 

Clause  35,  page  18,  line  6,  at end insert ‘and shall not prohibit the water or

 

sewerage undertaker from preparing its own plan in relation to a specified infrastructure

 

project.’.

 


 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Martin Horwood

 

27

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  36,  page  20,  line  42,  at end insert—

 

‘(8)    

A water undertaker must exercise its powers under this section in conformity with

 

the relevant code of practice under section 76D.’.

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Martin Horwood

 

28

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  36,  page  22,  line  42,  at end insert—

 

‘76D  

Codes of practice

 

(1)    

There shall be a code of practice for England and a code of practice for Wales,

 

issued by the Minister, about water undertakers’ exercise of their powers under

 

section 76.

 

(2)    

Each code must, in particular, contain provision for the purpose of ensuring

 

that—

 

(a)    

water undertakers exercise their powers under section 76 in a way that is

 

proportionate to what is sought to be achieved and that is fair as between

 

different users or groups of users of water,

 

(b)    

variations in the exercise of powers under section 76 as between water

 

undertakers for neighbouring areas are kept to a minimum, and

 

(c)    

persons affected by the exercise of a power conferred by that section

 

receive clear and timely information about its effect.

 

(3)    

In subsection (2)—

 

(a)    

the “proportionate” exercise of powers includes the introduction, or

 

consideration of introduction, of less restrictive measures (such as

 

restriction of hosepipe use to alternate days or to particular purposes)

 

unless and until the water undertaker is satisfied that more restrictive

 

measures are necessary, and

 

(b)    

the “fair” exercise of powers includes their exercise in a way that reflects

 

the relative efficiency of different uses of water.

 

(4)    

The Minister—

 

(a)    

may vary or revoke a code, but

 

(b)    

must ensure that a code has effect at all times when section 76 is in force,

 

and


 
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