Clause 32 - Water

High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:15 pm on 1 March 2016.

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

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

We move from electricity to water—I think it is only fire that we have not covered. Clause 32 introduces schedule 21, which provides for the disapplication of certain legislation relating to water abstraction and impounding and other matters related to water and drainage. Similar provisions were included in the Crossrail Act 2008. The clause disapplies various sections of the following Acts: the Water Resources Act 1991, the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, the Water Industry Act 1991 and part 4 of the Eels (England and Wales) Regulations 2009.

Land drainage, flood defence and water resources and fisheries are protected by the provisions included in part 5 of schedule 32, which requires the approval of the appropriate authority, such as the Environment Agency, for specified works that may affect these resources. I hope that the Committee is content that, by disapplying these restrictions on works that can be done in relation to water resources, we are sensibly introducing a provision that was already part of the Crossrail Act 2008, which is a standard provision for projects such as this.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 32 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Schedule 21 agreed to.