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New Clause 12 - The register: further provision

Water Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:30 pm on 12th December 2013.

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‘(1) Regulations under section (Register of premises subject to greater flood risk) may provide for a relevant body to carry out functions in connection with—

(a) the creation and maintenance of the register;

(b) giving access to information contained in the register;

(c) publication of the register;

(d) disclosure of information contained in the register;

(e) notification when premises are entered in, or omitted from, the register.

(2) The following are relevant bodies for the purposes of this Part—

(a) the Environment Agency;

(b) the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, in relation to Scotland;

(c) the Natural Resources Body for Wales, in relation to Wales;

(d) the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Northern Ireland, in relation to Northern Ireland.

(3) The regulations may provide for the Environment Agency—

(a) to coordinate the carrying out of functions conferred or imposed under subsection (1);

(b) to promote consistency in the carrying out of those functions.

(4) The regulations may—

(a) require the relevant bodies to cooperate with each other as regards the functions conferred or imposed on any of them under subsection (1);

(b) require the relevant bodies (other than the Environment Agency) to cooperate with the Environment Agency as regards the carrying out of functions conferred or imposed on the Environment Agency under subsection (3).

(5) Regulations under section (Register of premises subject to greater flood risk) may provide for the Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, or a person authorised by them, to disclose information held for council tax purposes by the Valuation Office to—

(a) the Environment Agency, or

(b) the Natural Resources Body for Wales,

for use in identifying premises to be excluded from the register by reference to the date of completion of construction (see section (Register of premises subject to greater flood risk)(4)).

(6) The regulations may include provision restricting the use or further disclosure of information disclosed under subsection (5).’ —(Dan Rogerson.)

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.