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Lords debates Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill

16 May 2019


Members of the Lords, including the chair of trustees of the National Community Land Trust and the vice president of the Association of Drainage Authorities, discussed the key principles and purpose of the Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill during second reading, on Thursday 16 May.

Lord Bethell (Conservative), the bill's sponsor in the Lords, opened the debate.

Government whip Viscount Younger of Leckie (Conservative) responded on behalf of the government.

Members discussed the creation of river authorities, flood risk management and government funding.

Committee stage, the first chance for line-by-line scrutiny, is yet to be scheduled.

Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill summary

This bill aims to:

  • provide the government with new powers to establish 'river authorities'
  • address current obstacles to raising expenses of new, or the expansion of existing, internal drainage boards under the Land Drainage Act 1991

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