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The noble Baroness said: I tabled this change to the Title of the Bill in optimistic anticipation that the Government would accept my Amendment No. 1 on the Water Framework Directive. This amendment seeks to reflect that change. However, at this stage the Government have not chosen to accept the amendment. I believe that this small amendment gives a flavour of what we have lost by not including a wider consideration of everything that makes up the water environment, and that is a disappointment to me. I beg to move.
Baroness Byford: Again, I support the amendment of the noble Baroness, Lady Miller. We have spoken about the whole question of water use, its resource, its quality and also the role that it has in protecting the environment. That is something that we very much share. I am not sure whether the Minister will be able to accept the amendment but it is certainly something that is very dear to all our hearts. We want efficient use of water and we want to conserve water. However, at the same time, we also have a responsibility for the environment. I support the amendment.
Lord Whitty: I note the consistent views of noble Lords on this issue. No doubt noble Lords will attempt to amend the Bill in this respect at some stage, in which case a review of the wording of the Title may be appropriate. As the Bill now stands, it is not
Baroness Byford: If the noble Lord suggests that it may be a challenge, I believe that it is one that we shall gladly accept. While the Bill has gone through its six days in Committee, many good ideas have come together. I want to record my thanks to the noble Baroness, Lady Miller, to others and, in particular, to the Minister and the noble Baroness, Lady Farrington, for the way that the Bill has been handled.
Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer: As I rise to withdraw the amendment, I want to associate myself with the thanks both to the Ministers who have taken part and to my colleagues and other noble Lords who
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