Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2008-09

21 April 2009

NEW INQUIRY ANNOUNCED: The Draft Flood and Water Management Bill

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:

Oral evidence sessions will be announced in due course.

The Committee invites all interested parties to address these matters in writing. The deadline for submissions is Thursday 7 May 2009. More information about the required format of submissions is given below.

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Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to efracom@parliament.uk.  The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be as brief as possible, and no more than 3,000 words.  Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary (no more than one page long). 

Committees make public much of the evidence they receive during inquiries. If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so. If you wish to include private or confidential information in your submission to the Committee, please contact the Clerk of the Committee to discuss this. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Personal information, such as address and contact details, should be provided separately from the body of your submission. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, no public use should be made of the submission unless you have first obtained permission from the Committee.

For further details about this inquiry, please contact Richard Cooke, Clerk, on 020 7219 3263.

Information about the Committee can be found at: http://www.parliament.uk/efracom.

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