Severe Weather Disruption

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 31st October 2000.

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Photo of Joan Walley Joan Walley Labour, Stoke-on-Trent North 3:31 pm, 31st October 2000

I thank my right hon. Friend for his continuing work to deal with this catastrophe. We now have a new concept for emergency planning. Will he look closely with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Environment Agency at the criteria used to justify expenditure on new flood defences? In respect of the warning that we have now had about global warming, it is essential in the context of the fuel crisis that we have an informed public debate in this country. Is my right hon. Friend prepared to lead that debate and put the issue on the national agenda?