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Flood Control

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) whether the updated national recovery guidance will include guidance on pre-planned arrangements to meet the costs of recovery from flooding; (276239)

(2) by what date he expects the national recovery guidance to have been updated as recommended in the Pitt report on the floods of summer 2007; and whether the updated guidance will include guidance on (a) local and (b) central recovery reporting.

The National Recovery Guidance was first published (online) in October 2007 and has been regularly updated since then, taking on board lessons from incidents and exercises, including recommendations from the Pitt Review.

Guidance on pre-planned arrangements to meet the costs of recovery from flooding (and all other emergencies), and guidance on local and central recovery reporting, has been consulted on as part of a wider consultation on revisions to “Emergency Response and Recovery”, the non-statutory guidance that accompanies the Civil Contingencies Act. This consultation closed on 24 April.

The final revised version of “Emergency Response and Recovery” will be published later this year.

Once “Emergency Response and Recovery” is published, the National Recovery Guidance will be updated to include the agreed guidance on pre-planned arrangements to meet the costs of recovery from flooding and guidance on local and central recovery reporting.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the National Resilience Forum on flooding has held its first meeting. (276241)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Beverley and Holderness (Mr. Stuart) on 15 May 2009, Official Report, columns 1056-1057W. It should be noted that the Government agreed with Sir Michael Pitt that the National Resilience Forum should cover not just flood resilience, but include a wide range of other risks.