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Schedule 4 - Sewerage undertakers’ duties as regards sewerage licensees

Water Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:00 pm on 5th December 2013.

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Amendments made: 118, page 117, line 41 [Schedule 4], leave out ‘review’ and insert ‘revise’.

119, in schedule 4, page 119, line 22, at end insert—

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

120, in schedule 4, page 120, line 2, leave out ‘review’ and insert ‘revise’.

121, in schedule 4, page 120, line 3, at end insert—

‘( ) The Authority must issue revised rules if—

(a) guidance is issued under section 117L, and

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

122, in schedule 4, page 120, line 40, leave out ‘under section 117I’.

123, in schedule 4, page 121, line 27, leave out ‘must’ and insert ‘may’.—(Dan Rogerson.)

Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I beg to move amendment 124, in schedule 4, page 123, line 19, leave out ‘supply’ and insert ‘sewerage provision’.

Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire

With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendments 51, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 36, 37, 102, 40, 41, 127 and 128.

Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

These are minor or technical corrections of drafting throughout the Bill, and I believe they are uncontroversial. Specifically, amendment 124 corrects an error as the supply relates to water but the Bill refers to sewage.

Amendment 51 is consequential on amendment 41 to clause 37 and commencement of schedule 5 by Welsh Ministers. Amendments 3 to 5 move the definition from new section 17FA of the Water Industry Act to new section 17FB.

Amendments 6 to 8 similarly move the definition for Ofwat from one paragraph to another in schedule 2 in the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Act 2005. In these cases, the references are moved to the correct parts of the legislation where the reference to these bodies occurs.

Amendment 36 is a minor drafting change to tidy up drafting, swapping the word “in” for the word “for”. Amendment 37 swaps the words “change” and “amend” to ensure consistency throughout the Bill.

Amendment 102 removes paragraphs that are unnecessary. Amendments 40 and 41 are consequential to the extension of clause 37 to water supply licensees and sewage licensees as well as water undertakers.

Amendment 127 is a minor drafting change to clarify which chapter is referred to, consistent with the drafting later in the schedule. Finally, amendment 128 repeals a reference to section 48 in section 47(1) as section 48 is repealed.

Schedule 4, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 5 ordered to stand part of the Bill.