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 Tom Blenkinsop Tom Blenkinsop Opposition Whip (Commons) 11:49 am, 6th February 2014

I have just heard and read the Secretary of State’s statement on behalf of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and there was no mention of resources for emergency services. Between September and December last year, my East Cleveland constituency suffered badly from the surges and floods on the east coast of England. Instigated by the Secretary of State, there has been a cumulative cut of £4 million to Cleveland fire brigade over this Parliament, and there will be a further cumulative cut of £5.96 million to 2017-18. It is not a statutory requirement to respond to flooding, so how will emergency services deal with flooding in the future?