Rivers authorities

Part of Rivers Authorities and Land Drainage Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:30 pm on 11th March 2019.

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Photo of Peter Heaton-Jones Peter Heaton-Jones Conservative, North Devon 3:30 pm, 11th March 2019

My hon. Friend is making a very powerful speech. The co-ordination role of a future rivers authority is key for me across the border in North Devon, where there are a number of organisations that do very good work, including internal drainage boards, a group call the Marsh Inspectors, which was set up by legislation in the Victorian era, the Environment Agency and the various local authorities. It is sometimes difficult to co-ordinate all that and ensure we have an overall plan. Does my hon. Friend agree that what is welcome about this idea is that it will provide that co-ordination?