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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Tuesday 15 December 2009

 

Public Bill Committee


 

Flood and Water management Bill

 

Social tariff amendment

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Secretary of State must by regulations make one or more schemes for the

 

purpose of reducing water poverty.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This introduces an obligation for the minister to bring forward regulations to introduce a social

 

tariff.

 

Environment tariff - resources and profit

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State must within one year of the passing of this Act bring

 

forward regulations concerning the relationship between the use of water

 

resources and increased revenue.

 

(2)    

Such regulations must consider removing the link between increased use of a

 

water resource and increased revenue to water companies.

 

(3)    

The regulations must include the creation of a water environment fund to be spent

 

on environmental measures, which may include flood alleviation.

 

(4)    

For this section, “increased revenue” is defined as the extra money paid to water

 

companies by consumers above a capped level based on historic household usage

 

for the increased use of a water resource.

 

(5)    

Increased charges resulting from increased use of a water resource shall be given

 

to the water environment fund as in section 2 and not as increased revenue to the

 

water company.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement


 
 

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Flood and Water management Bill, continued

 
 

This is to de-link profit and increased resource use. It requires the Secretary of State to set up a

 

fund to pay for flood prevention measures out of extra profits the water companies receive.

 

Ofwat having regard to environmental measures

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Water Industry Act 1991 (as amended by the Water Act 2003) is amended as

 

follows.

 

(2)    

After section 39(4)(e) insert—

 

“(f)    

“sustainable development” is defined as, but not limited to,

 

furthering the interests of existing and future consumers

 

regarding—

 

(i)    

their interests in the reduction of water-supply emissions

 

of targeted greenhouse gases;

 

(ii)    

their interests in the security of supply of water to them;

 

(iii)    

their interests in the broader water environment,

 

including but not limited to, biodiversity and flood

 

alleviation.

 

(g)    

in this section—

 

(i)    

“emissions” has the same meaning as in the Climate

 

Change Act 2008;

 

(ii)    

“water-supply emissions” in relation to emissions of a

 

targeted greenhouse gas means any such emissions

 

(wherever their source) that are wholly or partly

 

attributable to, or to commercial activities connected

 

with, the shipping, transportation or supply of water

 

conveyed through pipes;

 

(iii)    

“targeted greenhouse gases” has the same meaning as in

 

Part 1 of the Climate Change Act 2008.”’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amends the Water Industry Act 1991 to give Ofwat a remit that includes having regard to

 

greenhouse gas emissions and security of supply.

 

Insurance

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Within one year of the passing of this Act the Secretary of State must bring

 

forward regulations concerning the operation of insurance companies with regard

 

to flood-affected consumers.

 

(2)    

Such regulations must have regard to ensuring an equitable system based on the

 

principle of shared risk.

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State must consult all interested bodies as the Secretary of State

 

may determine.


 
 

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Flood and Water management Bill, continued

 
 

(4)    

The regulations in assessing risk and calculating premiums and excess charges for

 

consumers must include but not be limited to—

 

(a)    

taking account of flood prevention measures and defences installed by

 

consumers,

 

(b)    

taking account of flood prevention measures and defences installed by

 

local authorities and or national agencies.

 

(5)    

In implementing the regulations the Secretary of State must bring forward

 

proposals for a national accredited scheme of flood prevention and defence

 

measures to which insurance companies must have regard.

 

(6)    

In bringing forward proposals for a national accredited scheme of flood

 

prevention and defence measures, the Secretary of State must consult with the

 

Welsh Minister on what should be contained therein.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This requires the Secretary of State to bring forward regulations to ensure that insurance compa­

 

nies take into account the principle of shared risk so that no customer is left with high premiums /

 

excess charges and take into account flood prevention measures that people have installed.

 

Compensation scheme

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

NC5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘For households considered at permanent and sustained risk of flooding and

 

coastal erosion and where no flood or coastal erosion defence or prevention

 

measures are considered practical, the Minister must bring forward regulations to

 

provide a compensation scheme for communities and or households.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

For houses that can’t be insured at a decent premium a system of compensation should be set up.

 

Planning

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

NC6

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Secretary of State must within one year of the passing of this Act work with

 

other relevant Ministers to amend the Code for Sustainable Homes to ensure that

 

homes are built with regard to flood resilience.’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amends the planning guidance under the Code for Sustainable Homes to make sure that flood

 

resilience is taken into account in planning decisions.

 

Definition of high flood risk

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

NC7

 

To move the following Clause:—


 
 

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Flood and Water management Bill, continued

 
 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State must ensure by regulations that local development

 

frameworks must develop a definition of an area as being “high flood risk”.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State must consult all interested bodies as the Secretary of State

 

may determine.’.

 

Definition of high flood risk (No. 2)

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

NC8

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In section 70, after (b) insert—

 

“(c)    

For all applications within high flood risk areas, the local

 

planning authority may cite high flood risk as grounds for

 

refusal.”’.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is to ensure that the Secretary of State sets up regulations to ensure the local development

 

frameworks define certain areas as ‘high flood risk’, with amendment to the Town and Country

 

Planning Act to ensure it is applied.

 

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.’.

 

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.’.

 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

3

 

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

 

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’.


 
 

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Flood and Water management Bill, continued

 
 

Martin Horwood

 

Mr Roger Williams

 

6

 

Schedule  2,  page  46,  line  3,  after ‘of’, 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.’.

 

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.’.

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

10

 

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

 

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

 

12

 

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

 

‘(c)    

water companies.’.

 

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—

 

‘(c)    

subject to any reasonable confidentiality restrictions.’.


 
 

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Flood and Water management Bill, continued

 
 

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

 

16

 

Clause  15,  page  11,  line  21,  leave out from beginning to ‘provide’ and insert ‘The

 

Minister may by order and after consultation of both Houses of Parliament on an

 

affirmative resolution.’.

 

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

 

Angela Watkinson

 

18

 

Schedule  2,  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.’.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 15 December 2009                  

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Flood and Water management Bill, continued

 
 

Flood risk management function

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

NC9

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The flood risk management function will be scrutinised in accordance with the

 

provisions of the bill by both Houses of Parliament under the provisions of the

 

European Communities Act 1972.’.

 

Regular maintenance of water courses

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

NC10

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Environment Agency must undertake a programme of regular maintenance

 

work of major water courses on an annual basis with quarterly reports to both

 

Houses of Parliament.’.

 

Pilot schemes for adoption of private drains

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

NC11

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Environment Agency must establish a pilot scheme with the aim of—

 

(a)    

auditing all private drains and sewers;

 

(b)    

assessing their condition;

 

(c)    

estimating the likely cost of adopting all private drains and sewers in

 

2011, and

 

(d)    

estimating the likely cost on customers’ bills.’.

 

Sustainable urban drainage systems

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

NC12

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘A full definition of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) is “Sustainable

 

drainage systems or sustainable (urban) drainage systems: a sequence of

 

management practices and control structures designed to drain surface water in a

 

more sustainable fashion than some conventional techniques (may also be

 

referred to as SuDS).”.’.


 
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