Clause 13 - Who may apply for a licence

Part of Water Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 8:55 am on 18 September 2003.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes 8:55, 18 September 2003

I listened to that brief exchange with interest. It may be because it is early morning, but I am not much wiser at the end of it than I was at the beginning. My query does not seem to have been answered, and notwithstanding the historical precedent, I am unclear why there is any reference to occupation of land; it seems to be irrelevant in determining the right to abstract. However, it would be useful if the Minister wrote a note to all Committee members on that point, and on that basis I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Clause 13 ordered to stand part of the Bill.