Orders of the Day — Civil Defence (Grant) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:49 pm on 28th November 2001.

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Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton Conservative, Macclesfield 7:49 pm, 28th November 2001

My hon. Friend spoke at length about flooding. Does he accept that as well as local authorities—the Bill relates to local authority grants—public utilities should be involved in seeking to create a policy to prevent flooding? At the moment, they cannot take the action that they want to take owing to shortage of money. The village of Eaton in my constituency suffered severe flood damage and danger to health from sewage. Such issues are involved in this debate.