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Floods: Risk Assessment

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans he has to review the number of bodies involved with and the coordination between them relating to mapping flood risk, including scope for better coordination; (162031)

(2) what plans he has to review bodies involved in mapping flood risk; and what plans he has to improve co-ordination between them.

The Environment Agency is the only public sector organisation that maps flood risk on a national scale and it is funded by DEFRA to do so. The agency co-operates with local authorities and other bodies undertaking flood risk assessments and mapping for different purposes. It will continue to improve its maps over time as technology develops.