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Schedule 5 - Water supply and sewerage licensing changes applied as regards Wales

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

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Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 3:00 pm, 5th December 2013

I beg to move amendment 125, in schedule 5, page 131, line 13, at end insert—

In section 55 (supplies for non-domestic purposes), in subsection (1A)(b), the words from “or, in the case” to “that subsection” are repealed.’.

Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire

With this it will be convenient to discuss Government amendments 129 and 42 to 44.

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

Amendment 129 amends schedule 7 to the Bill to remove a reference to the power to set a minimum water usage threshold for premises in the area of incumbent water companies in England. It retains it for premises in areas of incumbents wholly or mainly in Wales.

Amendment 125 enables Welsh Ministers to later remove the reference in relation to premises in areas of incumbent water companies wholly or mainly in Wales. The main effect is that incumbent water companies will be obliged to make a non-domestic supply—that is, water that is used for things other than drinking, washing, cooking, and so on—to certain premises regardless of the water consumed on those premises. The incumbent does not have to do this if it would have an impact on existing or future obligations relating to domestic supplies.

Amendments 42, 43 and 44 are consistency and statute-tidying changes. Amendments 42 and 43 change the position of the reference to the Water Resources Act 1991 in clause 41 in consequence of amendment 44. Amendment 44 inserts a new subsection to clause 41 which repeals section 61A—Recovery of compensation from new licence-holder—of the Water Resources Act 1991. This is necessary because the compensation scheme has been removed by clause 41 to this Bill.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendments made: 49, in schedule 5, page 133, leave out from ‘rules’ to end of line 41.

Amendment 50, in schedule 5, page 134, at end insert—

36A (1) Section 117KA (rules under section 117I: minor or urgent revisions) (inserted by Schedule 4) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsections (3), (4) and (5)(b), for “the Secretary of State” there is substituted “the Minister”.

(3) After subsection (8) there is inserted—

(9) In this section “the Minister” has the meaning given by section 117K.”’.

Amendment 51, in schedule 5, page 135,  at end insert—

42A In section 207E (exercise of adjudication functions by other persons) (inserted by section37), in subsection (5), in paragraph (b) of the definition of “the Minister”—

(a) the “or” following sub-paragraph (i) is repealed;

(b) after sub-paragraph (ii) there is inserted “, or

(iii) in relation to a sewerage licensee using the sewerage system of such an undertaker (see section 17BA);”.’. —(Dan Rogerson.)

Schedule 5, as amended, agreed to.