Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:33 pm on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge Conservative, South Suffolk 1:33 pm, 8th February 2019

I congratulate my hon. Friend on bringing forward this important Bill, but is there not an issue with the Environment Agency’s role? In Suffolk, it has pulled back from some of its responsibilities—in many ways, quite understandably. Would this new authority not, in effect, be performing roles that many of my constituents would argue the Environment Agency should be performing?