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Flood Control

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 27 October 2008, Official Report, column 614W, on flood control, what the (a) original planned and (b) actual completion date of completed flood protection schemes was in each of the last five years; and what the original planned completion date was of each flood protection scheme which had not been completed by that date. (240665)

From 2004 to 2008 the Environment Agency’s National Capital Programme Management Service (NCPMS) was responsible for a total of 146 completed projects. Of these, 83 were completed early or on time and 63 were completed after the expected date. Information prior to 2004 is not available as records were not held centrally.

Details of the projects have been placed in the Libraries of the House.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what additional flood defences commissioned since the floods in July 2007 his Department (a) has had built and (b) is having built. (241294)

Since the floods in July 2007 49 projects have been completed by the Environment Agency and 143 projects are under instruction. This includes many places which were flooded in the summer of 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to increase the level of preparedness of the public to manage incidents of flooding in the course of implementation of the recommendations made in the Pitt report on flooding. (242795)

We have already taken a number of steps in response to Sir Michael Pitt’s findings and will be publishing a detailed response setting out implementation to date and further actions shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to announce a programme for the implementation of the recommendations contained in Sir Michael Pitt’s final report on the 2007 floods. (242800)