Motion N1 (as an amendment to 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 Tunnicliffe:

Moved by Lord Tunnicliffe

Leave out from “75” to end and insert “, do disagree with the Commons in their Amendments 75A and 75B and do propose Amendment 75C in lieu—

75C: Schedule 3, page 155, leave out lines 2 to 16 and insert—“24A OEP independence(1) The OEP has complete discretion in the carrying out of its functions in Northern Ireland, including in—(a) preparing its enforcement policy,(b) exercising its enforcement functions, and(c) preparing and publishing its budget.(2) The Department may issue guidance to the OEP on the matters listed in section 22(6)(c).(3) The OEP must have regard to the guidance in preparing its enforcement policy, unless there are material considerations that indicate otherwise. (4) Before issuing the guidance, the Department must—(a) prepare and consult on a draft,(b) lay the draft before the Northern Ireland Assembly, and(c) publish a response to the consultation.(5) The Department must publish the guidance when it comes into effect.(6) In making or terminating appointments under paragraph 2(2B) and paragraph 5(8)(b) of Schedule 1, the Northern Ireland Department must obtain the consent of the Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs of the Northern Ireland Assembly.””

Motion N1 agreed.