Strategic issues - Scotland
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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has been consulting on potential reforms to the current system for environmental enforcement, as part of its 'better regulation' agenda. The Reservoirs (Scotland) Bill has, as noted, completed Stage 1 in the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee and the Stage 1 Report has been published, with a request inter alia for greater clarity as to the financial consequences for private owners. Undertakings are certainly not unknown in UK law; in water services, undertakings may be given by service providers in Scotland and in England as an alternative to statutory enforcement orders by ministers (for example, section 76E of the Water (Scotland) Act 1980). The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 (the Act, the Floods Act) requires guidance from the ministers for a variety of functions, to be carried out primarily by SEPA, local authorities and Scottish Water (SW).