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Sewers: Urban Areas

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the (a) responsibility for, (b) ownership of and (c) maintenance of urban drainage systems; and if he will make a statement. (212958)

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.