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Flood Control

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what decisions have been made on amending emergency regulations to increase the minimum amount of water to be provided in an emergency in accordance with recommendation 40 of the Pitt Report. (305072)

Sir Michael Pitt's report on learning the lessons from the 2007 floods included the recommendation that DEFRA should amend emergency regulations to increase the minimum amount of water to be provided in an emergency, in order to reflect reasonable needs during a longer-term loss of mains supply.

The Government's response, published on 17 December, supported changes in response to this, and supported all Sir Michael's recommendations.

Discussions have taken place with the water sector, the Drinking Water Inspectorate, the Health Protection Agency, the Consumer Council for Water, Ofwat and the Welsh Assembly Government. We expect to provide updated guidance to water companies on the minimum amount of water to be provided in an emergency before the new year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of homes at risk of (a) coastal and (b) inland flooding in each region. (305228)

The following table shows the number of homes at risk of river and tidal flooding in each Environment Agency region.

Residential

EA Water Management region

Tidal

River

Both

Total

Anglian

179

109

9

297

Midlands

22

175

5

201

North East

148

111

5

264

North West

41

127

2

169

South West

50

64

27

140

Southern

113

38

5

156

Thames

299

187

5

492

Wales

54

81

24

158

Total

906

892

81

1,879

Note: Figures are shown in thousands of properties.

The Environment Agency's ‘Flooding in England’ report published in June 2009 estimated that, in addition to the above, a further 2.8 million homes and businesses in England are at risk of surface water flooding. This was an estimate to assess the scale of the risk and was not broken down by region.