Orders of the Day — Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Bill – in the House of Commons at 10:30 pm on 29th February 1988.

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Lords amendment: No. 6, in page 19, line 13, at end insert— 'inland waters' has the same meaning as in the Water Resources Act 1963;

Photo of Mr Colin Moynihan Mr Colin Moynihan , Lewisham East

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

Photo of Mr Harold Walker Mr Harold Walker , Doncaster Central

With this it will be convenient to discuss Lords amendments Nos. 14, 15, 16, and 16A.

Photo of Mr Colin Moynihan Mr Colin Moynihan , Lewisham East

These amendments make refinements to the original wording of paragraphs 34 and 35 of schedule 3, which was not entirely satisfactory in two respects. First, both paragraphs as originally worded talked in terms of the quality of water in any part of the Broads. That wording was too wide, since it would have included tap water and such like, with which the Broads Authority should not be concerned. Amendment No. 6, with amendments Nos. 14 and 16, substitute a more precise concept, making use of the term "inland waters", which is defined in the Water Resources Act 1963 and includes all, and only, those waters with whose quality the Broads Authority will properly be concerned — rivers, broads, dykes, ponds and such like.

Secondly, neither paragraph, as originally worded, took proper account of the interests of the East Anglian Water Company. Furthermore, although paragraph 34 placed an obligation on the Anglian water authority to consult the broads authority before implementing proposals that could affect the quality of water in the Broads, paragraph 35 failed to place a corresponding obligation on the Broads Authority to consult the water authority or water company before exercising its powers in regard to water quality. Amendments Nos. 15 and 16A put those defects right.

Question put and agreed to.