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Future Flood and Water Management Legislation - further information

Background to inquiry

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:

  • Which of the key issues covered by the consultation into the draft Flood and Water Management Bill and by the Walker and Cave reviews should be taken forward as legislative priorities.
  • Which further policies which are required to ensure flood and water management which delivers optimum social, economic and environmental outcomes.
  • Any issues related to the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (including sustainable drainage systems (SUDS) and the transfer of private sewers and lateral drains). 

Report and Government Response

The Report was published on Wednesday 22 December 2010 and the Government Response was published on Monday 4 April 2011:

Oral evidence

The transcripts of the sessions listed below are published with the Report.

Wednesday 13 October 2010 (Webcast of session on Parliament Live TV)

Oral evidence from OFWAT; and Consumer Council for Water

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Wednesday 20 October 2010 TV (Webcast of session on Parliament Live TV)

Oral evidence from the Environment Agency; and Water UK

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Wednesday 3 November 2010 (Webcast of session on Parliament Live TV)

Oral evidence from Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Natural Environment and Fisheries, Defra

Call for evidence