Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Draft Flood and Water Management Bill


Report published

The Committee published ' The Draft Flood and Water Management Bill', HC 555-I,  Sixth Report of Session 2008-09 on 23 September 2009.

Oral and Written Evidence (HC 555-II) was published on 30 September 2009.

The Government response was issued as a command paper in November 2009.


Terms of Reference

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will undertake pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft Flood and Water Management Bill.

The Committee will consider in particular:

• Are the powers in the Draft Flood and Water Management Bill sufficient to enable full implementation of the Pitt Review recommendations?

• Does the draft bill achieve the right balance between protecting the environment and protecting homes and businesses from flooding?

• Are the proposals contained in the draft bill necessary, workable, efficient and clear? Are there any important omissions in the Bill?

• Is the proposed institutional framework appropriate and sufficient for the enforcement of measures contained in the draft bill?

• Is the balance struck between what has been included on the face of the draft bill, and what goes into Regulations and the Code of Practices right?

• What are the likely financial resource implications of the draft bill?

• Has the Government analysed the effects of the draft bill adequately, and has it taken sufficient account of consultation?

The draft bill can be found at:
www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/cm75/7582/7582.pdf

The consultation documents can be found at:
www.defra.gov.uk/environ/fcd/floodsandwaterbill.htm

The Committee invited all interested parties to address these matters in writing. The deadline for submissions was Thursday 7 May 2009.


Oral evidence

Wednesday 17 June 2009
Huw Irranca-Davies, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for Marine and Natural Environment, Defra

Monday 15 June 2009
Gloucestershire County Council, Hull City Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council

Wednesday 10 June 2009
Ofwat

Monday 8 June 2009  
Severn Trent Water, Yorkshire Water and Thames Water

Wednesday 3 June 2009
Environment Agency; Professor Martin Cave, Independent Review of Competition and Innovation in Water Markets

Monday 1 June 2009
Consumer Council for Water; National Flood Forum (*Pre-legislative scrutiny inquiry only*)

Wednesday 20 May 2009
Anna Walker and Sue Ellis, Independent Review of Household Charging and Metering for Water and Sewerage Services


Press notices

23/09/09 Report published
21/09/09 Report to be published
21/04/09 Inquiry announced