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Water Bill

– in a Public Bill Committee on 12th December 2013.

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[Mr James Gray in the Chair]

Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire 11:30 am, 12th December 2013

I welcome the Committee back to our detailed consideration of the Water Bill. We are starting in what is perhaps a slightly unusual way, by debating clause 47 along with a large number of Government new clauses and Opposition amendments to those new clauses. The Government and Opposition have agreed to treat the debate as a stand part debate within which we will allow discussion of this large grouping of new clauses and amendments. As usual, it is perfectly reasonable for Members to speak more than once in the debate, if they wish.

The Government and Opposition have agreed that the Minister will open the debate, which is on insurance. Mr Docherty will reply, speaking to the amendments he has tabled to the Government new clauses, and the Minister will respond. Mr Docherty will then speak to his new clauses 37 to 40, and the Minister will respond. During the debate I will of course call other Members who seek to catch my eye, although it will be helpful to reserve speeches for the appropriate moment to try to create some sensible structure for the debate, which might otherwise become rather unstructured. Members should bear in mind at all times that the debate is on clause 47 stand part, within which we are allowing discussion of the new clauses and amendments to them.