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Report Stage Proceedings: 2 February 2010                

174

 

Flood and Water Management Bill, continued

 
 

Low cost affordable insurance

 

Mr Ian McCartney

 

Not called  NC19

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

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

 

forward regulations to ensure the insurance industry in consultation with the

 

water industry provides a comprehensive, low-cost and affordable insurance

 

scheme against the risk of flood.

 

(2)    

The scheme in subsection (1) should be based on the principle of shared

 

communal risk and made available to all who are unable to receive standard

 

insurance cover.

 

(3)    

In this section, “shared communal risk” means the insurance cost against flooding

 

is shared equally amongst policyholders within the region.’.

 


 

The role of Fire and Rescue Authorities during major flooding

 

Mr David Drew

 

John McDonnell

 

Kate Hoey

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Not called  NC20

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

A fire and rescue authority must make provision for the purpose of rescuing

 

people and protecting them from serious harm in the event of major flooding in

 

its area.

 

(2)    

In making the provision required by subsection (1), a fire and rescue authority

 

must—

 

(a)    

secure the provision of such personnel, services and training as may be

 

necessary efficiently to meet all reasonable requirements;

 

(b)    

make arrangements for dealing with calls for help;

 

(c)    

make arrangements for obtaining necessary information; and

 

(d)    

make arrangements for ensuring that reasonable steps are taken to

 

prevent or limit damage to property resulting from action taken pursuant

 

to such provision.

 

(3)    

Where—

 

(a)    

a fire and rescue authority maintains specialist resources (“the first

 

authority”);

 

(b)    

major flooding has occurred or is likely to occur in the area of another fire

 

and rescue authority (“the second authority”); and

 

(c)    

the second authority has requested the first authority to use those

 

resources in the second authority’s area,

 

    

the first authority must use its specialist resources in the area of the second

 

authority to such extent as is reasonable for the purpose of dealing with the

 

emergency.

 

(4)    

In this section—


 
 

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(a)    

“major flooding” means flooding that causes or is likely to cause one or

 

more individuals to die, be seriously injured or become seriously ill as a

 

result from—

 

(i)    

natural causes; or

 

(ii)    

an escape of water from a large raised reservoir;

 

(b)    

“specialist resources” means resources maintained for the purpose of

 

taking action pursuant to provision made in accordance with subsection

 

(1) including any personnel who have received specialist training for that

 

purpose;

 

(c)    

“large raised reservoir” has the same meaning as in section 1 of the

 

Reservoir Act 1975 (ambit of Act and interpretation).’.

 


 

Monthly recovery reports

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Not called  NC21

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Following a major flooding event, the Secretary of State must publish monthly

 

reports summarising the progress of the recovery phase until the recovery process

 

is considered complete.

 

(2)    

The reports must specify—

 

(a)    

the number of households displaced from all or part of their homes, and

 

(b)    

the estimated date for the completion of the recovery process.

 

(3)    

The Minister must consult other relevant bodies before making his reports.’.

 


 

Secretary Hilary Benn

 

Agreed to  30

 

Page  1,  line  12  [Clause  1],  leave out from ‘waters,’ to end of line 13 and insert—

 

‘(e )    

groundwater, or

 

(f )    

anything else (including any combination of factors).’.

 


 

Mr David Drew

 

John McDonnell

 

Kate Hoey

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Not called  24

 

Page  4,  line  37  [Clause  6],  at end add—


 
 

Report Stage Proceedings: 2 February 2010                

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‘(g)    

the fire and rescue authorities.’.

 


 

Mr David Drew

 

John McDonnell

 

Kate Hoey

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Not called  25

 

Page  5,  line  9  [Clause  6],  at end add—

 

‘(e)    

a fire and rescue authority that exercises functions in relation to an area

 

in Wales.’.

 

Mr David Drew

 

John McDonnell

 

Kate Hoey

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Not called  27

 

Page  5,  line  35  [Clause  7],  at end insert ‘the fire and rescue authorities,’.

 

Mr David Drew

 

John McDonnell

 

Kate Hoey

 

Mr Andrew Dismore

 

Kelvin Hopkins

 

Not called  26

 

Page  5,  line  40  [Clause  7],  at end add—

 

‘(e)    

a fire and rescue authority that exercises functions in relation to an area

 

in England.’.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Not called  5

 

Page  7,  line  42  [Clause  9],  at end add—

 

‘(10)    

The Minister shall as soon as possible instigate, publish and have regard to a

 

review undertaken by a panel of independent persons pertaining to the—

 

(a)    

recruitment costs which will be incurred by local authorities in

 

implementing the provisions of this section; and

 

(b)    

training and equipment costs incurred by local authorities in

 

implementing the provisions of this section.’.

 



 
 

Report Stage Proceedings: 2 February 2010                

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Flood and Water Management Bill, continued

 
 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Not called  4

 

Page  13,  line  20  [Clause  18],  at end add—

 

‘(4)    

A report under this section must be laid before and approved by a resolution of

 

each House of Parliament.’.

 

Secretary Hilary Benn

 

Agreed to  31

 

Page  13,  line  27  [Clause  19],  leave out ‘In the event’ and insert ‘On becoming

 

aware’.

 

Secretary Hilary Benn

 

Agreed to  32

 

Page  13,  line  27  [Clause  19],  after ‘must’, insert ‘, to the extent that it considers it

 

necessary or appropriate,’.

 

Secretary Hilary Benn

 

Agreed to  33

 

Page  13,  line  32  [Clause  19],   leave out ‘An authority’ and insert ‘Where an

 

authority carries out an investigation under subsection (1) it’.

 

Secretary Hilary Benn

 

Agreed to  34

 

Page  13,  line  33  [Clause  19],   leave out ‘under subsection (1)’.

 


 

Secretary Hilary Benn

 

Agreed to  35

 

Page  17,  line  16  [Clause  28],  leave out paragraphs (a) and (b) and insert—

 

‘(a)    

the Welsh Ministers, where the amendment relates to—

 

(i)    

a matter in respect of which functions may be exercised by the

 

Welsh Ministers, the First Minister for Wales or the Counsel

 

General to the Welsh Assembly Government, or

 

(ii)    

a matter within the legislative competence of the National

 

Assembly for Wales, and

 

(b)    

the Secretary of State, for all other purposes.’.

 

Secretary Hilary Benn

 

Agreed to  36

 

Page  17,  line  25  [Clause  29],   leave out ‘reassign’ and insert ‘transfer’.

 

Secretary Hilary Benn

 

Agreed to  37

 

Page  17,  line  26  [Clause  29],  leave out ‘and’ and insert ‘or’.

 

Secretary Hilary Benn

 

Agreed to  38

 

Page  17,  line  27  [Clause  29],  at end insert ‘to risk management authorities or other

 

bodies.’.


 
 

Report Stage Proceedings: 2 February 2010                

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Secretary Hilary Benn

 

Agreed to  39

 

Page  17,  line  33  [Clause  29],  leave out ‘authorities’ and insert ‘bodies’.

 

Secretary Hilary Benn

 

Agreed to  40

 

Page  17,  line  42  [Clause  29],  leave out ‘risk management authorities in England’

 

and insert ‘English risk management authorities and other bodies with responsibilities in

 

relation to England’.

 


 

Secretary Hilary Benn

 

Agreed to  41

 

Page  18,  line  1  [Clause  29],  leave out ‘risk management authorities in Wales’ and

 

insert ‘Welsh risk management authorities and other bodies with responsibilities in

 

relation to Wales’.

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Not called  20

 

Page  18,  line  13,  leave out Clause 33.

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Not called  59

 

Page  18,  line  23  [Clause  35],  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

This section shall only apply to the provision of infrastructure which (in the

 

opinion of the Minister) may pose a significant risk to the undertaker’s ability to

 

carry out its duties.

 

(1B)    

In exercising an assessment of risk as set out in subsection (1A), the Minister

 

must have regard to the—

 

(a)    

financial commitment of the infrastructure provision compared with the

 

turnover of an undertaker, and

 

(b)    

technical complexity of the provision of infrastructure.’.

 

Secretary Hilary Benn

 

Agreed to  42

 

Page  18,  line  32  [Clause  35],  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The regulations—

 

(a)    

may make provision only in relation to projects or works that in the

 

Minister’s opinion are of a size or complexity that threatens the

 

undertaker’s ability to provide services for its customers, and

 

(b)    

in conferring powers, must restrict them to projects or works that, in the

 

opinion of the person exercising the power, are of a size or complexity

 

that threatens the undertaker’s ability to provide services for its

 

customers.’.

 



 
 

Report Stage Proceedings: 2 February 2010                

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Secretary Hilary Benn

 

Agreed to  43

 

Page  19,  line  1  [Clause  35],  after ‘project’, insert ‘, or part of a project,’.

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Not called  6

 

Page  19  [Clause  35],  leave out lines 7 to 10 and insert—

 

‘(b)    

allow the Minister to delegate his power under paragraph (a) to the

 

Authority to such an extent as may be prescribed.’.

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Not called  7

 

Page  19  [Clause  35],  leave out lines 11 to 13 and insert—

 

‘(2)    

The regulations may allow the Minister to prohibit for no more than one year

 

from the date of specification of an infrastructure project which is to be put out to

 

tender in accordance with the regulations a water undertaker or sewerage

 

undertaker from undertaking the project, unless a bid by a water or sewerage

 

undertaker has been accepted in accordance with the regulations.’.

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Not called  8

 

Page  19,  line  16  [Clause  35],  after ‘purpose’, insert ‘, and shall not prohibit the

 

water or sewerage undertaker from preparing its own plan for a specified infrastructure

 

project.’.

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Not called  9

 

Page  19  [Clause  35],  leave out lines 17 to 19 and insert—

 

‘(4)    

The regulations must allow water and sewerage undertakers and companies

 

associated with a water undertaker or a sewerage undertaker (as defined by

 

regulations) either alone or jointly with others to bid in a tender process.’.

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Not called  10

 

Page  19,  line  21  [Clause  35],  leave out from ‘process’ to end of line 27.

 

Secretary Hilary Benn

 

Agreed to  44

 

Page  19,  line  27  [Clause  35],  at end insert ‘(if any).’.

 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Not called  11

 

Page  19  [Clause  35],  leave out lines 32 to 37 and insert—

 

‘(2)    

The regulations must—

 

(a)    

provide that the Minister consults the Authority and the affected water

 

undertaker or sewerage undertaker before exercising a power by virtue of

 

section 36B(1);


 
 

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(b)    

provide that the Authority consults the Minister and the affected water

 

undertaker or sewerage undertaker before exercising a power by virtue of

 

section 36B(1);

 

(c)    

require the Minister to publish guidance to be followed by him and the

 

Authority in determining whether to exercise a power by virtue of section

 

36B(1).’.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Not called  12

 

Page  21,  line  23  [Clause  35],  at end insert—

 

‘36H  

Guidance: consultation

 

Before publishing guidance under section 36C(2)(c), the Minister must consult

 

persons who in the Minister’s opinion represent interests likely to be affected by

 

the guidance.’.

 

Secretary Hilary Benn

 

Agreed to  45

 

Page  21,  line  32  [Clause  36],  leave out ‘private’.

 

Secretary Hilary Benn

 

Agreed to  46

 

Page  21,  line  33  [Clause  36],  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

watering plants on domestic or other non-commercial premises using a

 

hosepipe;

 

(d)    

cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe;

 

(e)    

filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool;

 

(f)    

drawing water, using a hosepipe, for domestic recreational use;

 

(g)    

filling or maintaining a domestic pond using a hosepipe;

 

(h)    

filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain;

 

(i)    

cleaning walls, or windows, of domestic premises using a hosepipe;

 

(j)    

cleaning paths or patios using a hosepipe;

 

(k)    

cleaning other artificial outdoor surfaces using a hosepipe.’.

 

Secretary Hilary Benn

 

Agreed to  47

 

Page  21,  line  35  [Clause  36],  at end insert ‘;

 

(b)    

remove a purpose from the list in subsection (2).’.

 


 

Miss Anne McIntosh

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Not called  28

 

Page  24  [Clause  38],  leave out lines 5 and 6 and insert—


 
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