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Schedule 8 - Regulation of the water environment

Water Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 10th December 2013.

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Question proposed, That the schedule be the Eighth schedule to the Bill.

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

Any new environmental permitting regulations made under clause 44 are limited to the purposes laid out in schedule 8. This will provide additional assurance that new regulations created will be consistent with existing environmental permitting regulations. Schedule 8 sets out the format for new regulations to follow with respect to the three new permitting regimes. This includes directions on how a permit will operate with respect to authorising, amending and regulating its condition.

The schedule also details the function of a regulator, covering such roles as monitoring, issuing a notice, enforcement and allowing charging on a cost recovery basis for specific activities. The creation of offences is provided for, together with any rights of appeal in respect of actions taken under the regulations. There is also reference to the application of the regulations to the Crown.

Part 2 of the schedule covers supplementary provisions, including the basis for any charges, the range and level of offences applicable, the determination of matters by regulators and restrictions on Crown application.

Question put and agreed to.

Schedule 8 accordingly agreed to.