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Baroness Hilton of Eggardon: We clearly have the groupings wrong as regards this collection of amendments. Therefore, they need examining more closely. I accept what the Minister says in that they have not, perhaps, been as well laid out as they might have been. We shall think again about the relationship between local authorities and the environment agency. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

[Amendments Nos. 18 and 18A not moved.]

Lord Greenway moved Amendment No. 19:

Page 3, line 4, leave out ("that Schedule") and insert ("Schedule 2 to the 1991 Act").

The noble Lord said: Compared with some that we have discussed today, this amendment is a simple one aimed at clarification. I feel that Clause 2 as worded does not make it absolutely clear to which Act the schedule referred to in subsection (1) (a) (vii) of

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Clause 2 belongs. I believe it is important that that should be made clear to cover taking in or delegation of a function by the new agency. I beg to move.

Viscount Ullswater: I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Greenway, for moving the amendment. It makes it clear that the reference in Clause 2(1) (a) (vii) to the agency's functions under that "Schedule" is a reference to navigation, harbour and conservancy functions transferred to the agency under Schedule 2 to the Water Resources Act 1991. I am happy to accept such an improvement to the drafting of the Bill. I commend the amendment to the Committee.

Lord Greenway: I am grateful to the Minister for his response.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

[Amendments Nos. 20 to 23 not moved.]

Clause 2, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 3 [Transfer of property, rights and liabilities to the Agency.]

[Amendments Nos. 24 to 32 not moved.]

Clause 3 agreed to.

The Earl of Lindsay: I beg to move that the House do now resume.

Moved accordingly, and, on Question, Motion agreed to.

House resumed.

        House adjourned at eight minutes past ten o'clock.

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