Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:00 pm on 20th June 2002.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour 3:00 pm, 20th June 2002

My Lords, does the Minister agree that flooding is a deep problem and, indeed, goes wide? How can local authorities resist the pressure from builders to build on flood land? Living, as I do, in the Thames Valley—in Reading—I know perfectly well that that pressure is almost constant. It does not go away whatever the planning authority wants to do. Even when government inspectors recommend against, the builders are still come back. We need to reduce that pressure on the flood plain.