Environmental Better Regulations Bill

Bill Number: Bill 55/11-16

Bill Type: Executive

Bill Sponsor: Minister of the Environment  

The Environmental Better Regulation Bill is:

A Bill to enable provision to be made for protecting and improving the environment; to provide for an integrated environmental permitting system; to provide for a review of powers of entry and associated powers and for the repeal or rewriting of such powers and for safeguards in  relation to them; to provide for the repeal or rewriting of offences connected with the exercise of any such powers and for the preparation of a code of practice in connection with such exercise; to amend the Clean Air (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 to provide for a new method for authorising fuels for use in a smoke control area and for exempting fireplaces from the provisions of Article 17 of that Order; to amend the Environment (Northern Ireland) Order 2002 to remove the requirement on district councils to make an assessment of air quality under Article 13 of that Order; to amend the Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 to transfer certain functions to the Department of the Environment from the Department for Regional Development; and for connected purposes.

                                                         Stages of a Bill

Bill Stage Date Completed / Status All Associated documents and links
First Stage 22 June 2015

Bill as Introduced (HTM) (PDF)
Explanatory and Financial Memorandum (HTM) (PDF)

Official Report - 22 June 2015

Second Stage 30 June 2015  Official Report - 30 June 2015 
Committee Stage Extended to 27 November 2015 

Official Report - 28 September 2015

Environmental Better Regulation Bill Report

Consideration Stage 11 January 2016 

Notice of Amendments - 10 December 2015

Annotated Marshalled List of Amendments - 6 January 2016

Grouping List of Amendments - 6 January 2016

Bill - As Amended at Consideration Stage (HTM) (PDF)

Explanatory and Financial Memorandum - As Amended at Consideration Stage (HTM) (PDF)

Official Report - 11 January 2016

Further Consideration Stage 26 January 2016 Official Report - 26 January 2016 
Final Stage  9 February 2016 Official Report - 9 February 2016
Royal Assent 11 April 2016 Environmental Better Regulation Act