Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:54 pm on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Michael Tomlinson Michael Tomlinson Conservative, Mid Dorset and North Poole 1:54 pm, 8th February 2019

My hon. Friend picks up an interesting point. My hon. Friend David Warburton said that the initiative to establish a new rivers authority must come from local flood risk management and that it must have local support. My hon. Friend James Cartlidge has just been making that point about co-ordination and support. Does he share my concern about what happens when there is a dispute and when the local community does not speak with one voice on whether this is the right way forward? What happens then? Perhaps the Minister could address that point in his closing remarks. Is there a gap in the Bill that needs to be considered?