Storm Eunice

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:00 pm on 21st February 2022.

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Photo of Huw Merriman Huw Merriman Chair, Transport Committee, Chair, Transport Committee 6:00 pm, 21st February 2022

I welcome the Secretary of State’s statement. Thousands of my constituents and others across East Sussex remain not only without electricity but without water. I recognise this is one of the worst storms in decades, and I also recognise the huge amount of work delivered on the ground by the engineers at UK Power Networks and South East Water to try to fix this, but our water supply requires the electricity system to work and it is not good enough that there are no back-up generators in place for the water to be pumped into the hills and other areas across my constituency. May I meet the Secretary of State to discuss how we can have better resilience, with the water companies having their own back-up generators so that people are not without water when the electricity goes down?