Lord Trimble tables amendment to Water Order

‘Lord Trimble – To move that this House, having regard to the High Court Declaration that the draft order had not been subject to full consultation, and the repeated request of the Committee on the programme for government of the Northern Ireland Assembly that the legislation should be deferred, declines to approve the Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.’

In a statement, Lord Trimble said: “This amendment was tabled today. We have been promised support by the Liberal Democrats. We are continuing to talk to the Conservatives and are very hopeful of also having their support for Monday’s debate and vote. If this happens something may be achieved to bring some sanity into the proceedings.

“The amendment cites the Declaration by Mr Justice Weatherup in which he ordered the relevant Minister (David Cairns MP) ‘to arrange that it accompany the passage through parliament of the Draft Water and Sewage Services’ order. Mr Cairns took no steps to comply with this Court order during the Commons proceedings.

“It also cites the letter sent on Monday 4 December by the Committee which is in effect Northern Ireland’s ‘Shadow Executive’. In a recent briefing Peter Hain acknowledged that this was the Committees status and agreed that he should treat its considerations with particular respect.”

(7 December 2006)

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