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The Duke of Wellington's amendment, Clause 80

Environment Act 2021

Report stage

Amendment number: 60

Lead member

The Duke of Wellington
Crossbench, Excepted Hereditary


This amendment was agreed to. Where a member has given notice of their intention to oppose a Clause/Schedule standing part of a Bill, 'agreed' indicates that the Clause/Schedule was removed from the Bill.

Amendment text

Clause 80, page 74, line 34

at end insert—
“141ZA Duty on sewerage undertakers to take all reasonable steps to ensure untreated sewage is not discharged from storm overflows
(1) A sewerage undertaker must demonstrate improvements in the sewerage systems and progressive reductions in the harm caused by untreated sewage discharges.
(2) The Secretary of State, the Director and the Environment Agency must exercise their respective functions under this and any other Act to secure compliance with this duty.”

Member’s explanatory statement

The purpose of the amendment is to try to eliminate, not simply reduce, the harm caused to the environment and individual and public health by the discharge of untreated sewage into rivers, and to ensure that the various agencies use their powers of enforcement.


Baroness Altmann
Life peer
Lord Oates
Liberal Democrat
Life peer
Baroness Quin
Life peer