Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee


Report published

The Committee published 'Flooding', its Fifth Report 2007-08 (HC 49-I), on 7 May 2008.

Oral and Written Evidence (HC 49-II) was also published on 7 May 2008.

Flooding: Government Response was published on 8 July 2008.

The Pitt Review’s final report “Learning lessons from the 2007 floods” was published on 25 June 2008. Details about the Pitt Review can be found at: http://archive.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/pittreview/thepittreview.html.

The Government’s response to Sir Michael Pitt’s Review was published on 17 December 2008 and can be viewed here: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environ/fcd/floods07.htm.

The Committee heard oral evidence from Sir Michael Pitt on 9 February 2009. This was published as Flooding: the Government's response to Sir Michael Pitt's review, HC 245-i on 21 May 2009 alongside additional written evidence.

Correspondence published

At it's meeting on 16 July 2008 the Committee agreed to publish correspondence from Ofwat on the Committee's Report on Flooding.

Terms of Reference

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has decided that it will hold an inquiry into flooding. Evidence sessions are likely to begin on 10 October and the Committee's work is intended to contribute to the conclusions of the independently-led 'lessons learned' exercise that the Secretary of State announced on 12 July 2007. The Committee is appointing Members to gather information from some of those directly involved in order to help inform its inquiry.

The Committee invited written memoranda from interested parties on the issues raised by recent flooding in England and Wales and what steps public authorities should take to address them. The deadline for these to reach the Committee was 13 September 2007.

The oral evidence has now concluded and a report has been published.

Oral Evidence

Monday 9 February 2009
Sir Michael Pitt, Chair of the ‘Learning lessons from the 2007 floods Review’

Wednesday 6 February 2008
Phil Woolas MP, Minister of State (Environment), and officials, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Monday 4 February 2008 
Central Networks and National Grid; Environment Agency

Wednesday 30 January 2008 (Held in Lincoln)
National Farmers' Union and Natural England; Steve Batty, Malcolm G. Coward, Mark Harrison and Paul Rouse; Burton Joyce Residents' Association, Strensall & Towthorpe Parish Council and West Lindsey District Council

Wednesday 23 January 2008
Sir Michael Pitt, Chair of the 'Learning lessons from the 2007 floods Review'; Chairmen of Regional Flood Defence Committees (Midlands, Thames and Yorkshire)

Wednesday 9 January 2008
Royal Town Planning Institute and Greater London Authority; Water UK

Wednesday 12 December 2007
MPs representing flooded areas: Richard Benyon MP (Newbury), David Curry MP (Skipton & Ripon), Martin Horwood MP (Cheltenham), Laurence Robertson MP (Tewkesbury), and Angela C. Smith MP (Sheffield, Hillsborough); Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Met Office, and UK Climate Impacts Programme

Wednesday 28 November 2007
Association of British Insurers, Norwich Union and Royal & Sun Alliance; Ofwat [NB: Water UK did not give oral evidence on this date as previously announced]

Wednesday 21 November 2007
Gloucestershire County Council and Oxfordshire County Council; Severn Trent Water and Thames Water

Wednesday 14 November 2007
Sheffield City Council and Hull City Council; Yorkshire Water and Internal Drainage Boards

Wednesday 7 November 2007
Professor Edmund Penning-Rowsell, Head, Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University, and Professor Howard Wheater, Professor of Hydrology, Imperial College

Wednesday 10 October 2007
Environment Agency

Press notices

26/01/09 Evidence session announced
15/01/09 Evidence session cancelled
17/12/08 Evidence session announced
03/07/08 Government response to be published
07/05/08 Report published
25/04/08 Report to be published
17/01/08 Further evidence sessions announced (including Lincoln)
11/12/07 Further evidence sessions announced
29/11/07 Further evidence session announded
08/11/07 Further evidence sessions announced
25/10/07 Evidence session announced
02/10/07 Evidence session announced
26/07/07 New inquiry announced