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Clause 46 - Repeal of certain provisions about culverts

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

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

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

Clause 46 repeals sections 262 and 263 of the Public Health Act 1936. Section 262 gives local authorities the power to require the culverting of watercourses and ditches where building operations are proposed. It is being repealed as it does not reflect current policy, which is to address the pollution and not to cover up the watercourse.

Section 263 is being repealed as it duplicates the provisions of section 23 of the Land Drainage Act 1991 and section 109 of the Water Resources Act 1991, so  that often owners or occupiers are required to apply for parallel consents from the same regulator.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 46 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Ordered, That further consideration be now adjourned. —(John Penrose.)

Adjourned till Thursday 12 December at half-past Eleven o’clock.