1 Citation, extent and interpretation

(1)    This Order may be cited as the Water Act 2003 (Commencement No 9 and Saving Provisions) (England) Order 2009.

(2)    This Order applies in relation to England only except article 2(c) which extends to Scotland only.

(3)    In this Order—

“the 1991 Act” means the Water Industry Act 1991;

“the Act” means the Water Act 2003; and

“pre-1985 arrangements” means arrangements in pursuance of which a scheme for increasing fluoride content of water was being operated by a water undertaker by virtue of paragraph 1 of Schedule 7 to the 1991 Act immediately before the coming into force of section 58(2) of the Act.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Date Made

Date made: 23 February 2009: (no specific commencement provision).

Miscellaneous

The relevant government department have confirmed that the reference to “article 2(c)” in para (2) above is a drafting error and should actually read “article 2(d)”. The appointments in art 2(c), (d) hereof have been noted as such and the department will be issuing a correction slip shortly.

2 Appointed day

2Appointed day

The 25th February 2009 is the day appointed for the coming into force of the following provisions of the Act—

(a)    section 58(2) (fluoridation of water supplies) in so far as it is not already in force;

(b)    sections 58(3) and (4);

(c)    sections 58(5), (6) and (8) in so far as not already in force;

(d)    section 58(10);

(e)    sections 58(11), (12), (13) and (14), except in relation to pre-1985 arrangements; and

(f)    section 58(1) in so far as it relates to provisions commenced by paragraphs (a) to (e);

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Date Made

Date made: 23 February 2009: (no specific commencement provision).

Extent

Para (c) applies to Scotland only: see art 1(2).

3 Saving provisions

3Saving provisions

(1)    The saving provisions in the Schedule shall have effect.

(2)    Paragraph (1) shall come into force on the 25th February 2009.

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Date Made

Para (2): Date made: 23 February 2009: (no specific commencement provision).

Specified date

Para (1): Specified date: 25 February 2009: see para (2) above.

Signature

Signed by authority of the Secretary of State for Health.

Ann Keen

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State,

Department of Health

23rd February 2009

SCHEDULE Saving Provisions

SCHEDULE  Saving Provisions

1

Until the coming into force of subsection (7) of section 58 (pre-1985 fluoridation schemes) of the Act, notwithstanding the commencement of sections 58(2), (3), (5) and (6) of the Act, the following provisions of the 1991 Act continue to apply to pre-1985 arrangements and are saved for the purposes of section 91 of, and Schedule 7 (pre-1985 Fluoridation Schemes) to, the 1991 Act—

(a)    the old section 87;

(b)    the old section 88;

(c)    the old section 89; and

(d)    the old section 90.

(2)    In addition, any provision of any subordinate legislation that refers to old section 87, 88, 89 or 90 of the 1991 Act shall be saved with references to the relevant old provision for the purposes of pre-1985 arrangements notwithstanding that for all other purposes the references to the old section 87, 88, 89 or 90 of the 1991 Act will be read as a reference to the new section 87, 88, 89 or 90 of the 1991 Act (in accordance with section 17 of the Interpretation Act 1978).

NOTES
Initial Commencement
Specified date

Specified date: 25 February 2009: see art 3.

EXPLANATORY NOTE

EXPLANATORY NOTE (This note is not part of the Order)

This Order brings into force further provisions of section 58 of the Water Act 2003 (“the Act”), and makes savings in respect of some of those provisions.

Section 58 of the Act makes amendments to provisions of the Water Industry Act 1991 (“the 1991 Act”) relating to fluoridation of water supplies.

Section 58 of the Act is in force, in relation to England, for limited purposes only: first, for the purpose of enabling the Secretary of State to make regulations on the consultation process which relevant authorities will have to follow before requesting water undertakers to enter into fluoridation arrangements or varying or terminating them. Secondly, section 58 of the Act is in force for the purpose of enabling the Secretary of State to make regulations in relation to indemnifying water undertakers and licensed water suppliers for liabilities they may incur in complying with arrangements for fluoridation. Section 58(2) (fluoridation of water supplies at request of relevant authorities) and section 58(5) (consultations) were partially commenced so that relevant authorities could conduct consultations on fluoridation of water supplies.

This Commencement Order commences, in particular—

(a)    section 58(2) of the Act (fluoridation of water supplies) of the 1991 Act in so far as it is not already in force.

(b)    section 58(5) of the Act of the 1991 Act (consultation) in so far as not already in force; and

(c)    the remaining provisions in section 58 with the exception of—

(i)    sections 58(7) and (9); and

(ii)    sections 58(11), (12), (13) and (14) which have not been commenced in relation to pre-1985 arrangements for fluoridation of water supplies.

Article 3 and the Schedule make saving provisions in relation to pre-1985 arrangements for fluoridation of water which were in place prior to coming into force of this order.

This Order only applies in relation to England only except for Article 2(c) which extends to Scotland only.