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Flood Prevention

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what procedures are in place to assess the effects of flood prevention measures on (a) natural and (b) man-made water routes. (110603)

All flood risk management schemes are rigorously assessed by the relevant operating authorities to capture and manage any likely impacts on the environment. In addition to ensuring as far as possible that such schemes do not cause environmental damage, every effort is made to use flood risk management operations to enhance the environment and thus provide multiple benefits from the investment of public money.

We are of the view that these processes are sufficiently robust to cater for any new requirements under the Water Framework Directive (WFD), although current procedures are presently under review to ensure that they are appropriate for WFD responsibilities.