Winter Floods

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 11:49 am on 6th February 2014.

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Photo of Alison Seabeck Alison Seabeck Shadow Minister (Defence) 11:49 am, 6th February 2014

In response to a question asked yesterday by my right hon. Friend Mr Bradshaw, the Prime Minister said:

“Where extra investment and protections are needed, they must be put in place.”—[Hansard, 5 February 2014; Vol. 575, c. 269.]

Those good words were followed today by a £30 million pledge from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, yet the local enterprise partnerships, local authorities, local transport boards and people in the south-west simply do not believe them. Last year we were promised £31 million—more than the £30 million—for resilience work, but it has disappeared. It is not good enough.