New Clause 22 - Disputes about the provision of public sewers: premises in Wales

Part of Water Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 3:30 pm ar 12 Rhagfyr 2013.

Danfonwch hysbysiad imi am ddadleuon fel hyn

Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 3:30, 12 Rhagfyr 2013

I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

After that little flurry of democracy in action, we may continue democratically—perhaps more consensually, but we shall see.

The new clause amends section 101A of the Water Industry Act 1991 as it applies to Wales. Owners or occupiers of properties served by private sewers that are not connected to a public sewer may apply to the incumbent water company for connection to a public sewer under section 101A.

The new clause removes the statutory duty for determining disputes under section 101A(7) of the Act from the Natural Resources Body for Wales and places it with Welsh Ministers. It confers a power on the Welsh Ministers to appoint a person or body to determine disputes on their behalf.

The new clause also imposes a duty on the Natural Resources Body for Wales to advise, when requested, sewerage undertakers, owners, occupiers and those  determining disputes under section 101A(7) in relation to premises in Wales. Welsh Government Ministers want to preserve the role of the Natural Resources Body for Wales as the environmental regulator in Wales while enabling it to offer advice and guidance that is independent of the decision-making process to sewerage undertakers and owners or occupiers considering provision of a public sewer under section 101A of the Act.