Early day motion 947

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY BUDGET

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Total number of signatures: 64

Anderson, David Baron, John Barron, Kevin Bayley, Hugh
Betts, Clive Blomfield, Paul Blunkett, David Campbell, Ronnie
Caton, Martin Champion, Sarah Clark, Katy Clwyd, Ann
Connarty, Michael Cooper, Rosie Corbyn, Jeremy Crausby, David
Cunningham, Alex Cunningham, Jim Davidson, Ian Davies, Geraint
Dobbin, Jim Dobson, Frank Doran, Frank Engel, Natascha
Farrelly, Paul Field, Frank Flello, Robert Galloway, George
Gapes, Mike Godsiff, Roger Hamilton, Fabian Havard, Dai
Hepburn, Stephen Hood, Jim Hopkins, Kelvin Howarth, George
Kaufman, Gerald Lavery, Ian Lazarowicz, Mark Love, Andrew
Lucas, Caroline Mann, John Marsden, Gordon McDonnell, John
McGovern, Jim Meacher, Michael Meale, Alan Mearns, Ian
Miller, Andrew Mitchell, Austin Morrice, Graeme Morris, Grahame M
Mudie, George Osborne, Sandra Ruddock, Joan Sheerman, Barry
Sheridan, Jim Skinner, Dennis Stringer, Graham Vaz, Valerie
Walley, Joan Watts, Dave Williamson, Chris Wood, Mike Roy

That this House commends the excellent work undertaken by staff employed at the Environment Agency in dealing with recent flooding incidents; recognises however that Environment Agency staff do a lot more than dealing with just the prevention and aftermath of flood incidents; further recognises that this wide range of responsibilities are essential in safeguarding the country's environment from harm and includes water quality oversight, pollution control, waste regulation, fisheries management, conservation and ecology, navigation, contaminated land and flood and coastal risk management; notes that the Environment Agency has had its budgets cut yet again which will lead to 1,500 jobs being lost, around 15 per cent of the total workforce; further notes that, with some spending ring-fenced by the Government, the effect of these further cuts will impact disproportionately on non-protected areas like the prevention and prosecution of waste crime, monitoring and protection of migratory fish, pollution management and work with planning authorities to ensure environmental safeguards are in place for new development; believes that as a result, communities will be put at risk of environmental harm through the significant reductions in services currently provided and is a licence to pollute; and further believes that the Government should implement an immediate moratorium on any cuts and recognise that the cost of responding to incidents of harm is much greater than the effective prevention the Environment Agency provides and the cuts will compromise.