Clause 106 - Interpretation, commencement, short title, and extent

Part of Water Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 21 October 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 4:15, 21 October 2003

Nothing sinister is the answer to that. The amendment covers an interesting point that I learned only in preparing for the Bill. The Bill started in the other place, and there are restrictions on what the House of Lords can do on the levying of taxes and charges. When the Bill was originally drafted, that clause was consistent with the powers of the Houses of Lords and Commons. Now that the Bill is in the House of Commons and being scrutinised in Committee, we have the power to add measures of charges and aspects relating to financial matters. This is a procedural amendment to remove what is known as a privilege amendment—the privilege being ours—which is added by the Lords to every Bill originating there. That is an interesting procedural lesson that I learned only recently.