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Tuesday 19 January 2010

 

Public Bill Committee

 

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Flood and Water Management Bill


 

Note

 

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

 

Committee [7 Januaray 2010].

 


 

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.’.

 


 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

102

 

Clause  19,  page  12,  line  26,  after ‘authorities’, insert ‘and the Environment Agency

 

and Welsh Ministers’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To allow for Environment Agency or Welsh national investigations in the event of a flood in case

 

the local authority’s response needs to be investigated or in case the flood affects more than one

 

local authority area.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

103

 

Clause  19,  page  12,  line  27,  after ‘authority’, insert ‘or the Environment Agency or

 

Welsh Ministers’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement


 
 

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To allow for Environment Agency or Welsh national investigations in the event of a flood in case

 

the local authority’s response needs to be investigated or in case the flood affects more than one

 

local authority area.

 

Jessica Morden

 

42

 

Clause  19,  page  12,  line  27,  leave out ‘investigate’ and insert ‘take proportionate

 

action to clarify’.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

104

 

Clause  19,  page  12,  line  32,  after ‘authority’, insert ‘or the Environment Agency or

 

Welsh Ministers’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To allow for Environment Agency or Welsh national investigations in the event of a flood in case

 

the local authority’s response needs to be investigated or in case the flood affects more than one

 

local authority area.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

105

 

Clause  19,  page  12,  line  34,  at end add—

 

‘(c)    

lay the report before Parliament, or in Wales, the National Assembly for

 

Wales.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To ensure any investigation report is publicly available and drawn to public attention.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

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.’.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

106

 

Clause  21,  page  13,  line  24,  leave out ‘and’ and insert ‘or are likely to have a

 

significant effect on public health and welfare if flooded, including—

 

‘(i)    

sites and structures critical to energy supply,

 

(ii)    

sites and structures critical to water processing and supply,

 

(iii)    

critical railway lines, roads and bridges,


 
 

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(iv)    

telephone exchanges and other critical communications sites and

 

structures,

 

(v)    

general hospitals, and

 

(vi)    

any other local sites and structures considered critical by the

 

authority,’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To introduce a register of critical infrastructure.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

107

 

Clause  21,  page  13,  line  26,  at end insert ‘and state of resilience to possible failure

 

due to flooding or coastal erosion.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Complements inclusion of critical infrastructure.

 


 

Mr John Grogan

 

156

 

Clause  24,  page  14,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘(2)    

The Agency may not implement the regional programme without the consent of

 

the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee for the region concerned.’.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

108

 

Clause  24,  page  14,  line  29,  after ‘selection’, insert ‘, election’.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

109

 

Clause  24,  page  14,  line  30,  after ‘appoint’, insert ‘or elect’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To enhance democracy.

 

Mr John Grogan

 

157

 

Clause  24,  page  14,  line  33,  at end insert—

 

‘(2)    

In this section the Minister must ensure that—

 

(a)    

local authorities elect or appoint their own representatives, and

 

(b)    

representatives from local authorities form a majority on each

 

committee.’.

 


 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

110

 

Clause  27,  page  15,  line  13,  leave out from ‘(1)’ to ‘; and’ in line 14.


 
 

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Huw Irranca-Davies

 

59

 

Clause  27,  page  15,  line  32,  leave out ‘flood and coastal erosion risk management

 

in England’ and insert ‘English authorities’.

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

60

 

Clause  27,  page  15,  line  34,  leave out ‘flood and coastal erosion risk management

 

in Wales’ and insert ‘Welsh authorities’.

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

61

 

Clause  27,  page  15,  line  35,  at end add—

 

‘(6)    

For the purposes of subsection (5)—

 

(a)    

an “English authority” is—

 

(i)    

a lead local flood authority, district council or highway authority

 

for an area in England, and

 

(ii)    

an internal drainage board for an internal drainage district that is

 

wholly or mainly in England;

 

(b)    

a “Welsh authority” is—

 

(i)    

a lead local flood authority or highway authority for an area in

 

Wales, and

 

(ii)    

an internal drainage board for an internal drainage district that is

 

wholly or mainly in Wales.’.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

111

 

Clause  27,  page  15,  line  35,  at end add—

 

‘(6)    

In this section “sustainable development” means development which enables all

 

people throughout the world to satisfy their basic needs and enjoy a better quality

 

of life, without compromising the quality of life of future generations, pursued in

 

an integrated way through a sustainable, innovative and productive economy that

 

delivers high levels of employment; and a just society that promotes social

 

inclusion, sustainable communities and personal wellbeing and will be done in

 

ways that protect and enhance the physical and natural environment, and use

 

resources and energy as efficiently as possible.’.

 


 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

137

 

Page  15,  line  36,  leave out Clause 28.

 


 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

138

 

Clause  29,  page  16,  line  23,  after ‘consult’, leave out to end of subsection (4) and


 
 

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insert—

 

‘(a)    

the authorities that would be affected by it,

 

(b)    

the public.’.

 


 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

139

 

Schedule  1,  page  32,  line  5,  after ‘environment’, add ‘; including defined

 

geographical areas of landscape.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To make certain that areas of green space important to the avoidance of flooding are clearly able

 

to be designated as well as more obvious physical features such as woods, dykes or watercourses.

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

Martin Horwood

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

129

 

Schedule  1,  page  32,  line  7,  leave out ‘affects’ and insert ‘is likely to have a

 

material effect on’.

 

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.’.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

140

 

Schedule  1,  page  32,  line  18,  after ‘authority’, insert ‘except where routine

 

maintenance or maintenance for safety purposes is required of a structure, and where

 

routine maintenance or use or good management is required of a natural or man-made

 

feature of the environment.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To ensure that every act of routine maintenance, agriculture or good land or woodland

 

management in or to a designated feature doesn’t require bureaucratic approval or put the owner

 

or manager at risk of prosecution.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

141

 

Schedule  1,  page  32,  line  36,  leave out ‘affect’ and insert ‘significantly increase’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To raise the bar for refusal of consent so that the designating authority has to show the action

 

proposed would actually increase flood risk to the point where other considerations such as

 

ecology, health and safety etc would be outweighed.


 
 

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Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

142

 

Schedule  1,  page  35,  line  24,  after second ‘the’, insert ‘reasonable’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To prevent this Schedule being a general get-out for any loss or damage caused unreasonably. At

 

present it simply has to be shown that it was the result of a power of entry exercised under 13(1)

 

which will be true in almost every case.

 

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

160

 

Schedule  1,  page  35,  line  42,  after ‘consent’, insert ‘or conditions’.

 


 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

4

 

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

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

64

 

Schedule  2,  page  40,  line  10,  leave out ‘Conditions 1 and 3 are satisfied’ and

 

insert—

 

‘(a)    

Conditions 1 and 3 are satisfied, or

 

(b)    

Conditions 1 and 4 are satisfied.’.

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

65

 

Schedule  2,  page  40,  line  23,  leave out ‘carrying out’.

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

66

 

Schedule  2,  page  40,  line  25,  leave out paragraph (a).

 

Huw Irranca-Davies

 

67

 

Schedule  2,  page  40,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

‘(7A)    

Condition 4 is that the purpose of the work is to manage a flood risk in the

 

authority’s area from the sea and either—

 

(a)    

the work is within subsection (8)(a), (b) or (f), or

 

(b)    

the Environment Agency has consented to the work.’.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

143

 

Schedule  2,  page  40,  line  33,  after ‘structures’, insert ‘and natural or man-made

 

features of the environment’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To ensure that this Schedule does not slip back into treating flood risk management as the

 

maintenance of hard defences, ignoring natural features. Other subsections refer to natural

 

processes but not features.


 
 

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Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

5

 

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

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

144

 

Schedule  2,  page  45,  line  38,  after ‘structures’, insert ‘and natural or man-made

 

features of the environment’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

To ensure that this Schedule does not slip back into treating flood risk management as the

 

maintenance of hard defences, ignoring natural features. Other subsections refer to natural

 

processes but not features.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

6

 

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

 


 

Angela Watkinson

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

149

 

Schedule  3,  page  47,  leave out lines 36 to 39 and insert—

 

‘(1)    

In this Schedule “drainage system” means—

 

(a)    

a structure designed to receive rainwater except—

 

(i)    

a public sewer, or

 

(ii)    

a natural watercourse; and

 

(b)    

any lateral drain or sewer communicating with a drainage system.’.

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

150

 

Schedule  3,  page  48,  leave out lines 4 and 5 and insert—

 

‘(3)    

“Lateral drain”, “sewer” and “public sewer” have the meanings given by section

 

219(1) of the Water Industry Act 1991.’.

 

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;


 
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