Committee secures retention of Flood Envoys

27 February 2017

The Government has confirmed it will retain two Ministers in their roles as flood envoys, appointed after serious flooding in during the winter of 2015/16, following pressure from the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee.

The decision was confirmed in letter to the Committee from the Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP. The letter was published today, ahead of a joint debate in the House of Commons on Future Flood Prevention led jointly by the EAC and the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, Mary Creagh said:

''''Last year, we found that there was a lack of effective long-term strategic planning to manage flood risk and that the Government should do more in terms of flood funding and planning.

''Flood Envoys played an important role after the winter floods of 2015. I am pleased that the Committee’s persistence over a period of more than six months has paid off and the Minister has finally confirmed that they will continue in their roles.'' 

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