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Floods: Rescue Services

Volume 463: debated on Monday 23 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to review the Fire and Rescue Service's capability to respond to incidents of flooding. (151589)

Communities and Local Government is conducting a lessons learned exercise into the Fire and Rescue Service’s response to the recent flooding, as a contribution to the wider Cabinet Office-led review of the wider flood management and response. Any identified issues relating to flood response capability will be addressed appropriately. A flooding workstream, led by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, as part of the cross-government Capabilities Programme, assesses whether local responders have what they need to address the flooding risks we face. This complements capability assessments made by responders at the local level.