HC Deb 18 July 1963 vol 681 cc818-9
The Joint Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Mr. James Scott-Hopkins)

I beg to move, in page 15, line 28 to leave out from "shall" to "revise" in line 29 and to insert: in accordance; with the next following subsection, from time to time". I think that if it might be convenient if we were to take with this Amendment the Amendment in line 35.

Mr. Deputy-Speaker (Sir Robert Grimston)

If that is the wish of the House, so be it.

Mr. Scott-Hopkins

The Amendment in line 28 is purely a drafting Amendment to pave the way for the Amendment in line 35, which contains a new subsection. These Amendments are concerned with surveys and reports of surveys of water resources and the demand thereon under Clause 14. They are to give effect to the point put forward in Committee, and I therefore commend them to the House.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendment made: In page 15, line 35, at end insert: (3) A river authority shall carryout revisions in pursuance of the last preceding subsection at intervals of not more than seven years, and, subject to that requirement, at such times as they consider appropriate, having particular regard to the times at which like revisions are proposed to be carried out by other river authorities.—[Mr. Scott-Hopkins.]

Mr. Scott-Hopkins

I beg to move, in page 15, line 44, to leave out "and".

I think that it would be convenient if we were to take, with this Amendment, the Amendment in line 45.

Mr. Deputy-Speaker

So be it.

Mr. Scott-Hopkins

These Amendments are linked and their effect is to require a river authority to send copies of their reports under this Clause, and amendments thereto, to the councils of county and county boroughs, in other words, to the local planning authorities in their areas. The Amendments meet an undertaking given by my hon. Friend to secure the withdrawal of an Amendment tabled by my hon. Friend the Member for the City of Chester (Mr. Temple) who sought to require copies to be sent to all local authorities.

Amendment agreed to.

Further Amendment made: In page, 15, line 45, after "Board" insert: and to the council of every county or county borough any part of which is comprised in the river authority area".—[Mr. Scott-Hopkins.]