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Clause 7—(Other Provisions Relating To Discharges And New Outlets)

Volume 645: debated on Monday 24 July 1961

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Lords Amendment: In page 8, line 22, to leave out from beginning to "stream" in line 25 and to insert:

"If the occupier of land or premises from which effluent passes or may pass to a".

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said Amendment.

Sir Gordon, would it be convenient if the Amendments in lines 26 and 29 were discussed with this Amendment?

Yes, that would be for the convenience of the House.

These Amendments, which are all linked, look formidable, but in fact they are designed entirely to help both local authorities and industrial interests. Clause 7 (4) was inserted in the Bill in order to be of assistance to the interests I have just mentioned. Unfortunately, those interests regarded the subsection with a certain amount of suspicion and, as it was designed only to assist them, it was thought desirable to turn the subsection round so that these conditions can be applied in these instances only if the occupier of the land or premises gives his consent. I under- stand that this approach is appreciated by both the local authority and industrial interests. In these circumstances I trust that the Amendment will prove acceptable to the House.

Question put and agreed to.

Subsequent Lords Amendments agreed to.