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Flood Control: EC Law

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in implementing the EU Floods Directive; and if he will make a statement. (251111)

We intend to consult on arrangements for implementing the directive in England this spring, alongside the draft Floods and Water Bill.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial and economic impact assessment has been made of the implementation of the EU Floods Directive. (251112)

Impact assessments have been published for many elements of the directive, for example, as part of the Government’s response to Sir Michael Pitt’s Review of the Summer 2007 floods, which was published in December 2008. Further impact assessments will be published whenever measures to implement the directive are proposed or consulted upon. An example of this will be the impact assessment to be published alongside the consultation document for the draft Floods and Water Bill, which we are intending to publish this spring.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations he has received on the implementation of the EU Floods Directive; what response he made; and if he will make a statement. (251113)

We continue to have discussions with the Environment Agency, the devolved Administrations and other interested parties about the implementation of the directive upon which we shall consult this spring.