Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, made a statement in the House of Commons on Thursday 6 February 2014 on the winter floods. Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Maria Eagle, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition
House of Commons Library analysis
The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.
The Library has published briefing papers on flooding which contains more information on the subject.
About Oral statements
Oral statements are made after Question Time (or at 11am on a Friday) and after any Urgent Questions.
Statements normally relate to matters of policy or government actions. At the end of a statement, MPs can respond or question the government minister on its contents.
Watching proceedings from the public gallery
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