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Floods: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have not yet returned to their homes due to flood damage from summer 2007; and what assessment she has made of the availability of the (a) plumbers, (b) electricians, (c) plasterers and (d) other essential workers necessary to complete repairs. (197946)

The latest figures provided by local authorities indicate that between 6,400 and 6,700 households are still displaced.

We have not carried out such an assessment. Insurance companies have given assurances that there are sufficient resources available in the construction industry to deal with repairs to homes affected by the floods.