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Floods: Gardens

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for the Vale of York (Miss McIntosh) of 2 June 2009, Official Report, column 335W, on floods: gardens, when he expects to (a) receive and (b) publish the final report of the research into the effects of the paving of back gardens on levels of flood risk. (286510)

The Government have now received the research report on permeable and impermeable surfacing. We intend to publish the report shortly with the consultation on a package of measures to respond to the recommendations from Killian Pretty for improving the planning process.