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Water Act 2014

Licensing arrangements between England and Wales and Scotland
Section 6: Arrangements with the Water Industry Commission for Scotland

55.This section inserts a new section 17FA into the WIA which allows the Secretary of State to make regulations that would allow for an application to the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS) for a water services licence or sewerage services licence to be also treated as an application for a water supply licence or sewerage licence respectively in England and Wales. Such licences would only include retail or restricted retail authorisations as there are no provisions in Scottish law that would licence activities similar to those allowed for in the wholesale, supplementary or disposal authorisations applicable in England and Wales.

56.This section also inserts a new section 17FB into the WIA which requires Ofwat to forward applications for water supply or sewerage licences and associated information to WICS, subject to the requirements set out in subsection (2).

57.The intention behind the section is to assist in the development of a market across England and Scotland in relation to water supply and sewerage retail services for non-household customers and in Wales for eligible water supply customers.

Section 7: Arrangements with the Water Services Regulation Authority

58.This section amends the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (the 2005 Act) to introduce into Scots Law equivalent provisions to those under section 6.

59.This section inserts a new paragraph 1A into Schedule 2 to the 2005 Act which allows the Scottish Ministers to introduce, by order, provisions that would allow for an application to Ofwat for a water supply or sewerage licence to be also treated as an application for a water services or sewerage licences respectively in Scotland.

60.This section also inserts a new paragraph 1B into Schedule 2 to the 2005 Act which requires WICS to forward applications for water services or sewerage services licences, and associated information to Ofwat, subject to the requirements set out in sub-paragraph (2).

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