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Agriculture: Floods

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to assist farmers with protection from (a) flooding and (b) waterlogging. (162069)

The operating authorities are encouraged to manage flood risk within a strategic, catchment-wide approach. Such works may be grant-aided by my Department if they meet our criteria and many farmers receive considerable benefit from public investment in this area. The Environment Agency also provides information on flood risk and advice to farmers on managing their land to reduce the likelihood and impacts from floods and water-logging.