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Clause 9 - Main connections into sewerage systems

Water Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:15 pm on 5th December 2013.

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Amendments made: 67, in clause 9, page 17, line 31, at end insert—

‘(3A) Before making an order under subsection (3), the Authority must consult the appropriate agency.’.

Amendment 68, in clause 9, page 18, line 25, at end insert—

‘(8A) In this section and section 110B “the appropriate agency”, in relation to a determination whether to make an order under subsection (3) or section 110B(1) which would result in, or which would vary or terminate, a main connection agreement, means—

(a) the Environment Agency, in a case where all parties to the main connection agreement are or would be—

(i) a sewerage undertaker whose area is wholly in England, or

(ii) a person who would, if the person’s application for an appointment or variation is determined in accordance with the application, be such a sewerage undertaker;

(b) the NRBW, in a case where all parties to the main connection agreement are or would be—

(i) a sewerage undertaker whose area is wholly in Wales, or

(ii) a person who would, if the person’s application for an appointment or variation is determined in accordance with the application, be such a sewerage undertaker;

(c) both the Environment Agency and the NRBW, in any other case.’.

Amendment 69, in clause 9, page 18, line 40, at end insert—

‘(1A) Before making an order under subsection (1), the Authority must consult the appropriate agency.’.

Amendment 70, in clause 9, page 20, leave out lines 15 and 16.

Amendment 71, in clause 9, page 20, line 27, leave out ‘review’ and insert ‘revise’.

Amendment 72, in clause 9, page 20, line 32, leave out from beginning to end of line 2 on page 21.

Amendment 73, in clause 9, page 21, line 5, leave out ‘code proposed to be issued’ and insert ‘proposed code under section 110C’.

Amendment 74, in clause 9, page 22, line 34, leave out ‘specify’ and insert ‘make provision about’.

Amendment 75, in clause 9, page 22, line 42, at end insert—

‘( ) publication of the charges that may be imposed.’.

Amendment 76, in clause 9, page 23, line 9, leave out ‘review’ and insert ‘revise’.

Amendment 77, in clause 9, page 23, line 10, at end insert—

‘( ) The Authority must issue revised rules if—

(a) guidance is issued under section 110I, and

(b) the Authority, having regard to that guidance, considers that it is appropriate to revise the rules.’.

Amendment 78, in clause 9, page 23, line 45, leave out ‘any’ and insert ‘the’.

Amendment 11, in clause 9, page 24, line 10, leave out from ‘rules’ to end of line 11.

Amendment 12, in clause 9, page 24, line 41, at end insert—

‘( ) This section is subject to section 110HA.

110HA Rules under section 110F: minor or urgent revisions

(1) This section applies if the Authority proposes to issue revised rules under section 110F and, in the view of the Authority, the revision or each of the revisions proposed to be made is—

(a) a revision for which consultation is unnecessary, or

(b) a revision that it is necessary or desirable to make without delay.

(2) Section 110H does not apply to the proposed revised rules.

(3) Before issuing the revised rules, the Authority must give notice to the Minister of its intention to issue revised rules.

(4) Before the revised rules are issued, the Minister may direct the Authority not to issue the revised rules.

(5) A direction under subsection (4) must be given within the period of 14 days beginning with the day after the day on which notice is given under subsection (3), and the Authority may not issue the revised rules in question before—

(a) that period of 14 days expires, or

(b) the Minister notifies the Authority that no direction under subsection (4) will be given in relation to the revised rules,

whichever is the sooner.

(6) Once the Authority has issued the revised rules, it must give notice as soon as reasonably practicable of—

(a) the issuing of the revised rules, and

(b) as regards each revision contained in them, whether in the view of the Authority the revision falls within paragraph (a) or (b) of subsection (1).

(7) Notice under subsection (6) is to be given to such persons as the Authority considers appropriate.

(8) Unless the Authority gives notice that a revision in revised rules is in the view of the Authority a revision falling within subsection (1)(a), the revision ceases to have effect at the end of the period of six months beginning with the day after that on which the revised rules are issued.

(9) In this section “the Minister” has the meaning given by section 110H.’.

Amendment 79, in clause 9, page 25, line 2, leave out from ‘Ministers’ to end of line 3.

Amendment 80, in clause 9, page 25, line 4, leave out from ‘State’ to end of line 5.—(Dan Rogerson.)

Clause 9, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.