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Flooding: Emergency Arrangements

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

16. To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to review the emergency planning arrangements applicable in circumstances of major flooding. (178871)

We have accepted all the urgent recommendations from the interim report of the Pitt Review and are working to take these forward as quickly as possible.

The Government Lead Department Plan has been revised. Under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, local responders, emergency services and the Environment Agency are required to assess flood risks and draw up plans to meet them. Many have been tested in real events in recent months.