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Inquiry concluded, Report and Government Response published
The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 aimed to address issues raised by devastating floods such as those of summer 2007 which caused enormous physical and economic damage. It included measures to ensure that risk from all sources of flooding, not just rivers and seas, are managed more effectively. (The EFRA Committee's sixth report on the draft Flood and Water Management Bill was published in September 2009).
In addition, the consultation document published alongside the draft Flood and Water Management Bill raised a number of issues for further consideration which were not, in the event, included in the legislation enacted. Key issues included water management measures covered by the Anna Walker independent review of charging for household water and sewerage services concluded in December 2009 such as the potential need for water efficiency measures; and the outcome of Professor Martin Cave's, Independent review of competition and innovation in water markets published in April 2009.
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee undertook an inquiry into outstanding legislative measures required to implement effective flood and water management policies in England and Wales, and sought evidence from interested parties and invited submissions on:
Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Committee launches new floods and water inquiry