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MPs to take evidence on flooding

23 January 2013

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will hold three oral evidence sessions on flood defence funding and related issues in February:

  • The first evidence session, on 6 February, will focus on the ability of local communities to respond to the threat of flooding and effectiveness of Government flood management policies and programmes.
  • The second evidence session, on 13 February, will consider the role and performance of the Environment Agency in managing flood protection.
  • The third evidence session, on 26 February, will examine the provision of affordable flood insurance to households and businesses.

Further information on the inquiry is available on the Committee’s website. [Visitors should check the exact location of the meetings nearer the time on http://services.parliament.uk/calendar/]

The meetings will take place as follows:

Wednesday 6 February

Location: Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster. 

Witnesses:

At 3.00pm

  • Cllr Andrew Cooper, Deputy Chair Local Government Association Environment and Housing Board, and Leader Green Group, Kirklees Council
  • Richard Wills, Executive Director for Communities, Lincolnshire County Council

At 3.45pm approx

  • Henry Cator, Chairman, Association of Drainage Authorities
  • Dr Jean Venables, Chief Executive, Association of Drainage Authorities
  • Ian Moodie, Policy and Technical Researcher, Association of Drainage Authorities

Wednesday 13 February

Location: Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster.

Witnesses:

At 3.00pm

  • Lord Chris Smith, Chairman, Environment Agency
  • David Rooke, Director, Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Environment Agency

Tuesday 26 February, Room to be confirmed

Witnesses:

At 3.00pm

  • Insurance and reinsurance industry witnesses

Further evidence sessions may be announced in due course.

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