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Water Industry Bill -
Amendments to be debated in the House of Lords

Here you can browse the Amendments to the Water Industry Bill to be moved in Committee in the House of Lords.

  
Clause 5
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD ADDINGTON
 
     Page 3, line 16, after ("principles") insert ("(which shall include affordability)") 
     Page 3, line 40, at end insert--
 
    ("(3A)  The Secretary of State shall be responsible for--
    (a)  providing to relevant undertakers particulars of any persons who are entitled to assistance by virtue of any regulations made under this section;
    (b)  meeting all costs of providing such information; and
    (c)  reimbursing relevant undertakers with all costs incurred by them administering any assistance that may be required to be provided by such regulations.")
 
     Page 3, line 44, at end insert-- 
 ("Highway drainage charges.   143B.  Without prejudice to the generality of section 143A(2)(a), regulations under that section shall ensure that items for which customers are not liable to pay a charge shall include highway drainage.") 
  
Clause 6
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD ADDINGTON
 
     Page 4, line 38, leave out from ("time") to ("revoke") in line 41 
     Page 5, line 28, leave out ("that") 
  
Clause 8
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD ADDINGTON
 
     Page 6, line 28, at end insert ("during the period beginning 1st April 2000 and ending 31st March 2005.") 
     Page 6, line 28, at end insert--
 
    ("(2)  District Valuation Offices of the Inland Revenue shall, when requested to do so by their occupiers, as soon as practicable make available to a relevant undertaker who proposes to charge by reference to rateable value rateable values for any dwelling-house in respect of which no value currently appears on the valuation list.")
 
  
After Clause 9
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD ADDINGTON
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  After section 150 of the Water Industry Act 1991, there is inserted--Charging by reference to Council tax valuation bands.
 Charging by reference to Council tax valuation bands 
 Charging by reference to Council tax valuation bands.  150A.--(1)  A relevant undertaker who proposes to exercise the power conferred by subsection (3) shall be entitled to be supplied with information under section 28 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (information on council tax valuation lists) in computer readable form. 
     (2)  The exercise by a relevant undertaker of the right contained in subsection (1) above shall be subject to the provisions of subsection (7) of section 28 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (payment of a reasonable charge).
 
    (3)  The Secretary of State may by regulations empower relevant undertakers to fix charges under section 142(4) above by reference to the council tax valuation bands from time to time determined under Part II of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, on such terms and conditions as he may prescribe".")
 
  
Clause 12
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
 
     Page 8, line 21, leave out ("Consultative") and insert ("Consumer") 
  
Clause 13
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
 
     Page 9, line 29, at end insert (", and
    (f)  the impact of charges on consumers, and especially on vulnerable and disadvantaged consumers.")
 
  
Schedule 1
 
  
BY THE BARONESS HAMWEE
THE LORD ADDINGTON
 
     Page 12, line 23, leave out from ("applies") to end of line 25 
     Page 12, line 30, leave out ("60") and insert ("55") 
     Page 12, line 33, at end insert--
 
    ("  .  Premises accommodating people housed by a local authority under its duties towards homeless people.")
 
  
Schedule 2
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE BARONESS MILLER OF HENDON
 
     Page 15, leave out line 5 and insert--
    ("(a)  an independent chairman appointed by the Secretary of State, and")
 
     Page 15, line 6, leave out ("6") and insert ("7") 
     Page 15, line 6, leave out ("9") and insert ("11") 
     Page 15, line 19, at end insert--
 
    ("7.  In every financial year, at least one meeting of each Consultative Committee established under paragraph 4 shall be open to all members of the public.")
 
 
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