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

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Photo of Lord Glentoran Lord Glentoran Conservative 3:00 pm, 20th June 2002

My Lords, does the Minister agree that the Government must first ensure that the institutional framework for dealing with floods works effectively, efficiently and consistently? Does he further agree that at present the framework suffers from what is frankly an extraordinary degree of bureaucratic complexity, with too many bodies involved: county councils, district councils, town and city councils, parish councils, landowners, internal drainage boards, and so on? What are the Government's plans to deal with that serious bureaucratic mess?