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:

The consultation documents can be found at:

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

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