Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:30 pm on 4th March 2020.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West 1:30 pm, 4th March 2020

I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way, as the Secretary of State was unable to do so.

We have funding for a flood defence scheme in my constituency, but one of the barriers is that the Environment Agency does not have enough staff to bring the scheme forward or to offer support. Should this not just be about physical infrastructure but about the Environment Agency having more funding to expand its team?