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Amendments to the Water Bill [HL]

Water Bill [HL]


AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
ON REPORT


 

Before Clause 1

 

THE BARONESS BYFORD
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
THE DUKE OF MONTROSE

Insert the following new Clause—
  "Duty to conserve water resources
  The Secretary of State shall have a duty to devise and implement measures to ensure that all entities and persons who use water do so without wasting it."
 

Clause 1

 

THE BARONESS BYFORD
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
THE DUKE OF MONTROSE

Page 2, line 8, at end insert "continuous"
 

Clause 3

 

THE BARONESS BYFORD
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
THE DUKE OF MONTROSE

Page 4, line 39, leave out "otherwise" and insert "in relation to England"
 

Clause 6

 

THE BARONESS BYFORD
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
THE DUKE OF MONTROSE

Page 7, leave out line 38 and insert "domestic use on the holding;"
Page 7, line 42, leave out "the domestic purposes of his household" and insert "domestic use on his holding"
Page 8, line 2, after "work" insert "provided that such work will not impinge upon pre-existing licensed abstraction producing potable water"
 

Clause 7

 

THE BARONESS BYFORD
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
THE DUKE OF MONTROSE

Page 9, leave out lines 13 and 14
Page 9, line 36, at end insert—
    "(   )  In the case of any emergency abstraction the Agency, upon receiving notice of the abstraction in question, shall investigate the current position under each of the headings listed in subsection (2A)(a), (b) and (c) above; and only if the danger no longer exists under any of those headings and if there is no perceived threat in the immediate future, may the Agency conclude that the emergency does not exist."
 

Clause 9

 

THE BARONESS BYFORD
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
THE DUKE OF MONTROSE

Page 12, line 11, at end insert—
    "(   )  The Secretary of State shall make regulations providing for qualifying abstractions for the purpose of trickle irrigation to be classed as an exemption."
 

Clause 10

 

THE BARONESS BYFORD
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
THE DUKE OF MONTROSE

Page 13, line 33, leave out from "section" to end of line 34
Page 13, line 46, after "there)" insert "or under subsection (5)"
 

Clause 15

 

THE BARONESS BYFORD
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
THE DUKE OF MONTROSE

Page 19, line 26, at end insert—
"(   )  In subsection (3), after paragraph (b) there is inserted—
"(c)  the probable funding period required to finance the construction of engineering facilities necessary to the supply, storage or processing of the water that is the subject of the licence applied for"."
 

Clause 17

 

THE BARONESS BYFORD
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
THE DUKE OF MONTROSE

Page 21, line 2, at end insert—
    "(   )  A protected right that has been unused for four years shall not cease under subsection (4) above if the licence holder can demonstrate that his pattern of abstraction is or has been over a longer cycle."
 

After Clause 19

 

THE BARONESS BYFORD
THE LORD DIXON-SMITH
THE DUKE OF MONTROSE

Insert the following new Clause—
  "Renewal of licences
  After section 46 of the WRA there is inserted—
    "46ZARenewal of licences
    (1)  Licence renewal will be subject to three tests, namely that—
    (a)  environmental sustainability must not be in question;
    (b)  the need for the licence is demonstrable;
    (c)  the water extracted under the licence is being and will be used efficiently and effectively.
    (2)  If the conditions of subsection (1) above are met, except in exceptional circumstances of extraordinary pressure on water resources in that locality, the licence will be renewed for a minimum of six years.""

 
 
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8 May 2003