Clause 18 - Protection from derogation

Part of Water Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 18 September 2003.

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Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Minister of State (Environment and Agri-Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 11:00, 18 September 2003

The protection from derogation relates to some of the examples that were given. Mineral water companies or any other existing licence holders have certain priorities. That means that they are protected from derogation of abstraction that would affect their existing licence.