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Flood Control: Urban Areas

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to allocate responsibility for the ownership and long-term maintenance and renewal of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems infrastructure; and if he will make a statement. (207603)

DEFRA recently consulted on options for the allocation of responsibility for the ownership and long-term maintenance of sustainable drainage systems, as part of the consultation on “Improving Surface Water Drainage”. This consultation was launched alongside the Government’s Water Strategy, “Future Water” and closed on 30 April 2008. We will publish a summary of the responses in late July, followed by a Government response to the consultation and proposed course of action, later in the year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the recommendation of the National Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) working group regarding allocation of responsibility was for the ownership and long-term maintenance and renewal of SUDS infrastructure. (207604)

DEFRA consulted on options for the allocation of the responsibility for ownership and adoption of sustainable drainage systems as part of the “Improving Surface Water Drainage” consultation. This consultation was launched alongside the Government’s Water Strategy, “Future Water” and closed on 30 April 2008. DEFRA received in excess of 100 responses and is in the process of considering and summarising these. The summary will be published at the end of June and copies of individual responses will be made available.