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Flood Control

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local resilience forums have received information on critical infrastructure at risk or areas at risk of flooding since the summer 2007 floods. (224200)

[holding answer 17 September 2008]: Following the recommendation in Sir Michael Pitt's interim report of December 2007 into last summer's floods—that Category 1 responders should be urgently provided with a detailed assessment of critical infrastructure in their areas—information has been provided to 35 local resilience forums in England and to the London resilience team on behalf of the six local resilience forums in London. Briefing for the remaining two local resilience forums, due to take place in July, was postponed until later this month because of changes in key personnel.

In addition, since last summer's floods the Environment Agency has met with local resilience forums to discuss the vulnerability of critical infrastructure to flood risk to assist in emergency response planning. This has included providing information on areas susceptible to surface water flooding.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what timetable has been set for the implementation of a national floods exercise. (224202)

[holding answer 17 September 2008]: Firm dates for the next scheduled national flood exercise have yet to be fixed.