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Flood Control

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps his Department has taken to determine which agency takes the lead role in responding to national flood emergencies since the publication of the Pitt Report on flooding. (253761)

I have been asked to reply.

Planning for, and responding to, the challenges of a predicted or actual flooding event requires the combined and co-ordinated effort, experience and expertise of all levels of government, public authorities or agencies and a wide range of private and voluntary organisations. During a national flood emergency, DEFRA will be the lead Government Department in England. The Welsh Assembly Government, the Scottish Executive and the Northern Ireland Executive will take the lead role in their respective devolved Administrations. The National Flood Emergency Framework, currently out for consultation, will look at whether there is a need to further clarify roles and responsibilities.