Motion N

Environment Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments – in the House of Lords at 8:10 pm on 26 October 2021.

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Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park:

Moved by Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park

That this House do not insist on its Amendment 75 and do agree with the Commons in their Amendments 75A and 75B in lieu.

75A: Schedule 3, page 155, leave out lines 12 to 14

75B: Schedule 3, page 155, line 16, at end insert—“(6) Before issuing the guidance, the Department must—(a) prepare a draft, and(b) lay the draft before the Northern Ireland Assembly.(7) If before the end of the 21 day period the Northern Ireland Assembly passes a resolution in respect of the draft guidance, the Department must produce a response and lay it before the Assembly.(8) The Department may prepare and lay before the Northern Ireland Assembly the final guidance, but not before—(a) if subsection (7) applies, the day on which the Department lays the response required by that subsection, or(b) otherwise, the end of the 21 day period.(9) The final guidance has effect when it is laid before the Northern Ireland Assembly.(10) The Department must publish the guidance when it comes into effect.(11) The “21 day period” is the period of 21 sitting days beginning with the first sitting day after the day on which the draft guidance is laid under subsection (6).(12) “Sitting day” means a day on which the Northern Ireland Assembly sits.(13) The Department may revise the guidance at any time (and subsections (6) to (12) apply in relation to any revised guidance).”