New Clause 91 - Offence of failing to meet pollution performance commitment levels

Criminal Justice Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:00 pm on 15 May 2024.

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“(1) A water or water and sewerage company (“C”) commits an offence where C has—

(a) failed to meet its pollution performance commitment level for three consecutive years; or

(b) experienced an increase in—

(i) total pollution incidents per 10,000km2, or

(ii) serious pollution incidents

for three consecutive years.

(2) For the purposes of this section—

“water or water and sewerage company” means companies which are responsible for the provision of water, or water and sewerage, services and which are regulated by Ofwat and the Environment Agency;

“pollution performance commitment level” means the level of performance on pollution that the company has committed to deliver, and which is reported against by Ofwat in its annual water company performance report;

“total pollution incidents per 10,000km2” and “serious pollution incidents” mean the relevant figures under those headings reported by the Environment Agency in its annual environmental performance report.

(3) If guilty of an offence under this section, C is liable—

(a) on summary conviction, to a fine;

(b) on conviction on indictment, to a fine.”—(Tim Farron.)

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time.

Division number 153 Criminal Justice Bill Report Stage: New Clause 91

Aye: 16 MPs

No: 261 MPs

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Abstained: 1 MP

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The House divided: Ayes 17, Noes 268.

Question accordingly negatived.