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Environmental Audit Committee (13 Jan 2022)

Philip Dunne: ...to see is in her place. As an Environment Minister, she has taken a particular interest in championing this issue in Government and in introducing measures to the Environment Act 2021, which became law two months ago and whose measures will in some respects pre-empt some of our recommendations. We are grateful to her for her interest in this subject. I would like to take the...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Sewage: Coastal Areas and Rivers (22 Dec 2021)

Rebecca Pow: The current failure of water companies to adequately reduce sewage discharges is unacceptable and we have made clear that much more must be done to protect our rivers and tackle this issue. We will not hesitate to take further action if needed to deliver our commitments in this area. We're the first Government to take steps to address this by setting an expectation on water companies to...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Sewage: Pollution Control (9 Dec 2021)

Rebecca Pow: This Government is the first Government to set out our expectation that water companies must take steps to significantly reduce storm overflows. We have gone further and made that position law. The amount of sewage discharge by water companies into our rivers is not acceptable. We have made it crystal clear to water companies that they must up their game. If we do not start to see significant...

Ickford: Flood Risk (23 Nov 2021)

Greg Smith: .... We need—in fact, communities across my constituency demand—much greater consideration of flood risk in the planning process. That is principally what I am arguing for: amendments to planning laws that will force the system properly to undertake flood risks, and changes that mean decisions on development are taken as locally as possible and that make flood risk a central principle in...

Planning (Enforcement) Bill (19 Nov 2021)

Claire Coutinho: ...do are not limited to the rogue development that my hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Dr Spencer) talked about; they also affect infrastructure, such as infrastructure to handle sewage and flooding—things that my constituents face particular challenges with. That is why it is so important that development goes through planning controls and that measures can be looked...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Sewage: Northwich (19 Nov 2021)

Rebecca Pow: ...will inform United Utilities Water’s work to investigate further action that may be taken in the current price programme (2020-25). The Government has been clear that the current level of sewage discharges from storm overflows is unacceptable. That is why earlier this year, the Government consulted on a draft of its new strategic policy statement to the industry’s independent regulator...

Water Companies: Sewage Discharge — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (15 Nov 2021)

Rebecca Pow: ..., the hon. Member for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport (Luke Pollard), says—I do, as he knows, have great respect for him—that our Labour colleagues did not, in the end, vote to make that law to get water companies to reduce harm from storm sewage overflows. The tables were turned, and for that I am sorry. I think we need to get over that, too, and we all need to move on—

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - Committee (7th Day) (Continued): Amendment 191 (10 Nov 2021)

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb: ...explaining exactly why it is here, particularly after having heard your Lordships. Mandatory prison sentences could lead to a repeat of what happens in the USA, where there are three-strike laws, which are partly responsible for their obscene rates of incarceration: nearly 1% of the American population is in prison or jail, and this is very racially unbalanced. That is not to say that...

Environment Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments: Motion A1 (as an amendment to Motion A) (9 Nov 2021)

the Duke of Wellington: .... Members of both Houses of Parliament and the public have become increasingly aware during the passage of this Bill that our rivers, of which we are so proud, are being despoiled every day by sewage discharges, both legal and illegal. The BBC and national newspapers have carried so many disturbing stories and even Ministers have learned to what extent our aquatic environment is being...

Environment Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments: Motion A (9 Nov 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: ..., it cannot be used as a power of direction at all. It would also be inappropriate for the Secretary of State to issue guidance on specific matters relating to the enforcement of environmental law against the Secretary of State for Defra, given that there would be a conflict of interest. I do not want to be disingenuous: the OEP would be expected to have regard to any guidance issued, but...

Environment Bill: Clause 24 - Guidance on the OEP’s Enforcement Policy and Functions (8 Nov 2021)

Rebecca Pow: ..., and the Government amendments (a) and (b) in lieu that I am tabling today. On environmental review, the key area of debate has been the remedies available in the event a breach of environmental law if that is confirmed by the court. At the heart of the issue has always been the fact that through environmental review the OEP will have the ability to bring cases to court outside standard...

Catchment Based Approach’s Chalk Stream Restoration Strategy 2021 - Question for Short Debate (3 Nov 2021)

Lord Benyon: ...of storm overflows as a priority. This is the first time that any Government have set out this expectation for water companies to prioritise reducing their reliance on storm overflows to discharge sewage, and we expect investment to be approved for water companies to be able to do so. The Government have also announced that they will put the direction set out in the SPS on a statutory...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Adjournment: Water Quality and Safety at North Down Coastal Bathing Areas (2 Nov 2021)

Andrew Muir: ...enter the water. There is a critical need for regular and wide-ranging water-quality testing across North Down and beyond. A person told me recently that: "We can all tell when we are swimming in sewage, but usually not until we are in the water and we can see or smell the film on the water. It is much more difficult in darkness. Then we need to rush home and wash it off. It is really not...

Public Bill Committee: Nationality and Borders Bill: Clause 38 - Assisting unlawful immigration or asylum seeker (28 Oct 2021)

David Matyas, writing in the European Journal of International Law, has highlighted the fact that the Bill also risks discrimination against non-white UK nationals—people who might not “look British”. As he puts it, more delicately: “Without the cover of the ‘and for gain’ condition, however, private seafarers may take overly broad impressions of who they ‘believe to not be a UK...

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Untreated Sewage: Discharge into Waterways (28 Oct 2021)

Rebecca Pow: ..., monitoring, duties and governance to check on the actions that water companies are taking. Those are in the Bill, but this overarching new duty to direct water companies to progressively reduce sewage will make the real difference. It puts into law what we have already directed Ofwat, the regulator, to do.

Sewage Pollution: Whitburn (27 Oct 2021)

Rebecca Pow: I thank the hon. Member for that. There has been no U-turn whatever. As I said, we have six pages of clauses in the Environment Bill committing to reducing sewage in our watercourses, all with essential steps that we have to take in order to fully tackle this whole issue. We have now announced a legal duty on water companies to take action to reduce harm from overflows. I am going to outline...

Environment Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments: Motion H1 (as an amendment to Motion H) (26 Oct 2021)

Baroness Altmann: ...institutional portfolios, which rely on their generous dividends. I have no interest in seeing these companies pushed into bankruptcy or public ownership, but I believe they have neglected their sewage overflow problems for years. They have failed to invest sufficiently to limit the problem and have even played fast and loose with the requirements to report overflows and allowed many...

Environment Bill - Commons Reasons and Amendments: Motion H (26 Oct 2021)

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park: ...truth. I understand why he has done so; it is nothing to do with the environment, an issue on which he has almost no record whatever. It is about wanting people to believe that Brexit means more sewage in our waters. He knows that this is not true—this is a matter of fact, not a matter of opinion—but he also knows that, because of his position, many will believe him. Some will be...

Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill (25 Oct 2021)

Luke Pollard: ..., too. We look forward to those being brought forward and enacted soon. As regular viewers of Westminster Hall debates on animal welfare will know, the Labour party and I are big fans of Gizmo’s law and Tuk’s law. I do not understand why the Bill on pet microchipping brought forward by the hon. Member for Bury North (James Daly) has not been cut and pasted into this Bill, because it...

Environment Bill: After Clause 72 - Protection of pollinators from pesticides (20 Oct 2021)

Cherilyn Mackrory: ...water companies. It will mean that the public can see how far we have to go on this huge issue. However, the Government could go further. I am constantly pressed on this matter by Surfers against Sewage, which is based in my constituency, and by a large number of passionate constituents, and I share their frustrations. Without the legal duty, there is nothing to compel water companies to...


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