Clause 98 - Adoption of lateral drains

Water Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 21 October 2003.

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Question proposed [this day], That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Question again proposed.

Photo of Mr Bill O'Brien Mr Bill O'Brien Labour, Normanton

I remind the Committee that with this it will be convenient to discuss the following:

New clause 19—Power to require adoption of private sewers—

'After section 102 of the WIA there is inserted—

''102A Power to require adoption of private sewers

(1) The Secretary of State may be regulations establish a scheme to enable a sewerage undertaker to be required to adopt a sewer to which this section applies.

(2) A scheme under this section may apply to any sewer which is—

(a) situated within the area of a sewerage undertaker or which serves the whole or any part of that area; and

(b) not vested in a sewerage undertaker.

(3) Regulations under subsection (1) may amend section 105 so as to extend the appeals procedure to the scheme, provided that the appeal shall be heard by a person other than the person imposing the requirement to adopt.''.'

I understand that the Minister was responding to the debate when the Committee adjourned at 11.25 am.

Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Minister of State (Environment and Agri-Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I had almost finished on the dot; the only problem was that I was a few seconds out. I was telling my hon. Friend the Member for Sherwood (Paddy Tipping) that he, together with others, has made a good case about the problems. There is still much work to do because we must respond properly to the consultation, which we cannot do until the beginning of next year, and evaluate the options, which will also take time. Nevertheless, it may be that an enabling power, such as the one that my hon. Friend argued for, could be useful. He will appreciate that we will have to consult parliamentary counsel, and so I ask him not to press his new clause and assure him that we will consider it on Third Reading.

Photo of Paddy Tipping Paddy Tipping Labour, Sherwood

Well, what can I say? Job done; enough said. I am grateful to my hon. Friend and look forward to discussing the issues with him again on Report. I appreciate how hard he has worked and how helpful he has been on the issue, and I understand that the enabling legislation will take time to work through.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 98 ordered to stand part of the Bill.