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‘(1) A company appointed to be a water undertaker under section 6 of the Water Industry Act 1991, prior to Royal Assent of this Act, may choose to provide to—
(a) the retail market; or
(b) the wholesale market
(2) Any choice by a water company to only provide to one type of market under subsection (1) is subject to the approval of the Secretary of State.’.—(Thomas Docherty.)
I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.
I will see whether I can set a new record for how short I can keep the debate, despite the disappointment that will cause on the Government Benches. The new clause would make a technical change. New clause 48(2) would make it clear in the Bill, unlike new clause 36, which was a paving amendment, that action could be taken only with the express permission of the Secretary of State. I do not need to say anything else.
I just wanted to pick up on a couple of points that the hon. Gentleman has made on retail exits generally.
On a point of order, Mrs Riordan. I heard you say clearly that we are not allowed to repeat the exit argument. I was allowed to refer only to the specific differences between new clause 48 and the previous points that were made. Is that correct?
I suspect we will have the opportunity to explore things a little further if not on Report, then in the other place. I will resist the temptation to move out of order and have you haul me back into order, Mrs Riordan. The Government’s position has been clear throughout, so I urge the hon. Gentleman to withdraw his new clause.