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"Environment Act 1995 (c. 25)

In section 6 of the Environment Act 1995, after subsection (3) there is inserted—
"(3A) Subsection (3) above shall apply to—
(a) sections 5 and 6 of the Water Act 2003; and
(b) such of the related water resources provisions as apply in relation to those sections by virtue of section (Application of certain water resources provisions to this Act) (2) of the Water Act 2003,
as it applies to the provisions referred to in that subsection.""

On Question, amendments agreed to.

Schedule 8 [Minor and consequential amendments: licensing of water suppliers etc]:

Lord Whitty moved Amendments Nos. 69 and 70:

    Page 197, leave out lines 29 to 33.

    Page 209, line 24, leave out paragraph 51 and insert—

"(1) Section 219 (general interpretation) is amended as follows.
(2) In subsection (1)—
(a) in paragraph (a) of the definition of "customer or potential customer", at the end there is inserted "(other than a licensed water supplier)",
(b) in the definition of "water main"—
(i) after "water undertaker" there is inserted "or licensed water supplier", and
(ii) after "of the undertaker" there is inserted "or supplier", and
(c) in the appropriate place there is inserted—
""licensed water supplier" shall be construed in accordance with section 17B(9) above;".
(3) After subsection (4) there is inserted—
"(4A) In this Act, unless otherwise stated, references to the supply system of a water undertaker are to the water mains and other pipes which it is the undertaker's duty to develop and maintain by virtue of section 37 above.""

On Question, amendments agreed to.

An amendment (privilege) made.

Lord Whitty: My Lords, I beg to move, That the Bill do now pass.

Moved, That the Bill do now pass.—(Lord Whitty.)

Baroness Byford: My Lords, before we finally pass the Bill, from these Benches I should like to record our

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thanks for the hard work of the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, and the noble Baroness, Lady Farrington.

I did not table an amendment on the consolidation of water Bills. The noble Lord, Lord Whitty, indicated that he would recommend the matter to the commission which considers those issues. I hope that he will ensure that that happens if, indeed, it has not already. I thank the noble Lord and the noble Baroness for the courteous way in which they dealt with the Bill.

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer: My Lords, from these Benches both I and my noble friend Lord Livsey would like to record our thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, and to the noble Baroness, Lady Farrington, and to the Minister's team for helping us to move from a Bill that was purely technical to one that now contains several principles: notably, conservation efficiency—on which amendments in various forms were moved by both the Conservatives and Members on these Benches—and the inclusion of the Water Framework Directive, which is a hugely important issue in terms of water management. I see that the witching hour has just struck, so with that I wish the Bill success in another place and look forward to receiving it back here in due course.

Lord Whitty: My Lords, my thanks go to both noble Baronesses for their contribution, for the great spirit in which this Bill has been dealt with and for their many constructive suggestions. I commend the Bill to the House.

On Question, Bill passed, and sent to the Commons.

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: My Lords, before moving that the House do now adjourn, may I place on record our thanks to all the staff, and particularly to the Hansard writers, who have been exceptionally co-operative this evening. We do take that co-operation for granted and we ought not to.

Railways and Transport Safety Bill

Returned from the Commons on Tuesday 8th July with an amendment disagreed to but with an amendment in lieu thereof, and with the remaining amendments agreed to; the Commons amendment was printed pursuant to Standing Order 51(2).

Licensing Bill [HL]

Returned from the Commons with the amendments agreed to.

        House adjourned at five minutes past midnight.

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