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Flooding Lessons Learned Review

Volume 492: debated on Wednesday 20 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what date in June 2009 he expects his next six-monthly progress report on implementing the recommendations made in the Pitt report on flooding to have been published. (276240)

As we previously committed, I expect the Government's next progress report on the implementation of the Pitt recommendations to be published in June.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made in implementing Recommendation 90 of the Pitt Report on flooding; and what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on this matter. (276242)

The Government's Response to Sir Michael Pitt's review set out what had been implemented before December 2008 and the further steps required to implement its recommendations in the future. This response committed the Government to report further on implementation every six months, beginning in June 2009. The Government are on target to do this in June.

In April we followed up on a letter we issued last December to all local authorities asking chief executives about progress they have made on the Pitt recommendations, whether they have experienced any blockages or difficulties, and what further the Government can do to assist them.