Select Committee on Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Fourteenth Report

Annex 2


Letter from Lord Whitty, Minister for Food, Farming and Sustainable Energy the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to the Chairman

The Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee met on Wednesday 26 February to discuss the Water Bill and the Department's Memorandum. Your findings were published in the 12th Report of this Session.

This Report recommended (in paragraphs 17 and 18) that two proposed Henry VIII powers in the Water Bill should be amended so that they are subject to affirmative, rather than negative, procedure. I am content to agree that we follow the affirmative procedure where orders or regulations amend or repeal an Act of Parliament but that otherwise we maintain the negative procedure. I will ensure that amendments to this effect are tabled at the appropriate stage.

28 February 2003

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