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Clause 55 - Extent

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

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

Photo of Thomas Docherty Thomas Docherty Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

I wish the Minister to place on record whether his officials have had full discussions with Scottish Ministers in particular, or the devolved Government, about whether or not they are content for the Bill—as it applies to Scotland and Scottish households—to be introduced.

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

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving me the chance to put on record a point of information. As one might expect of a Scottish Member of Parliament, he has been consistent in discussing the need to ensure that the arrangements will apply across the United Kingdom and that those consultees, such as the devolved Administrations, have had a chance to make an input. The Scottish Parliament agreed to a legislative consent motion for the Water Bill on 12 November 2013, and in that way they have been very much part of the process.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 55 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.