HL Deb 26 July 1999 vol 604 cc1356-7

7 Schedule 1, page 5, line 36, leave out ("otherwise than") and insert (", or otherwise carrying on any activities of any specified description, except").

Lord Whitty

My Lords, I beg to move that the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 7. I wish to speak also to Amendments Nos. 8 and 9.

When I brought forward amendments earlier in the passage of this Bill, to limit its scope to those matters set out in Schedule 1, as requested by your Lordships' House, I explained that consequential amendments to that schedule might be necessary to ensure that it became an exhaustive rather than—as was originally intended—an indicative list of matters which need regulating.

Having had the opportunity to consider the effect of the Bill in its amended form, we want to make it clear in paragraph 4 to Schedule 1 that a permit will continue to be required for certain activities such as storing coal or storing iron ore which are already currently regulated under the 1990 Act. At the moment the schedule refers only to requiring permits to operate "installations or plant". This could be taken to exclude certain things such as the storage activities I have mentioned which are already regulated under the preceding legislation. We must, of course, continue to regulate those activities and the amendments therefore simply roll forward provisions contained in the current legislation.

Moved, That the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 7.—(Lord Whitty.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.