Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:00 pm on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Michael Tomlinson Michael Tomlinson Conservative, Mid Dorset and North Poole 2:00 pm, 8th February 2019

I am jealous, as Dorset was not mentioned in my hon. Friend’s great journey throughout the south-west. I want to make a serious point, which I think he has touched on and I raised with my hon. Friend James Cartlidge. It relates to whether there is consensus in a local area. My hon. Friend Peter Heaton-Jones talks about the historical position in Devon, but of course this Bill would require local support for its proposals. What would happen if that local support was not there? What measures would there then be in Devon to help prevent such flooding and provide support?