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Water Charges: Yorkshire and the Humber

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) Yorkshire Water and (b) the East Riding Council on the development of a surface water management plan; and what progress has been made on such a plan. (258038)

[holding answer 23 February 2009]: The East Riding Council (indicating that Yorkshire Water would be a partner) submitted a bid for funding from DEFRA in October 2008. This followed a call for expressions of interest from local authorities to undertake early implementation of surface water drainage improvements. The purpose of the work was to test new guidance for producing surface water management plans and report back findings by mid 2009. DEFRA received more than 30 applications although the trial was restricted to six owing to the proposed level of support and advice that would be available during the trial. The East Riding proposal was of good quality but in this instance was not selected to be part of this first phase. The successful bids were announced by the Secretary of State on 18 December 2008 during the Government’s Response to Sir Michael Pitt’s Review—Lessons Learned from the 2007 Floods. DEFRA will shortly be publishing a living draft of the current guidance and inviting comments on this with a view to publishing a final version in autumn 2009.