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New Clause 27 - Abstraction reform

Water Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:00 am on 17th December 2013.

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‘(1) The Secretary of State may by order (the “commencement order”) appoint a day on which section 1 is to come into force.

(2) The Secretary of State may only make an order under subsection (1) if—

(a) new primary legislation on the licensing of abstraction has been passed; and

(b) five years has expired since the passage of any legislation under paragraph (a).’.—(Thomas Docherty.)

The Secretary of State may not implement upstream reform as set out in the Water Bill, until new primary legislation on the licensing of abstraction has been passed, and five years has expired to allow for its implementation.

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time.

The Committee divided: Ayes 8, Noes 9.

Division number 11 Decision Time — New Clause 27 - Abstraction reform

Aye: 8 MPs

No: 9 MPs

Ayes: A-Z by last name

Nos: A-Z by last name

Question accordingly negatived.