All 19 results for flooding speaker:Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Constitution and Home Affairs (7 Jun 2010)

Nicola Blackwood: ...settlements in the UK. However, Abingdon's fantastic location on the banks of the Thames and the River Ock has been a thorn in its side, creating difficult traffic problems and allowing terrible floods in 2007. Climate change means that there is an increasing risk of flooding in that area. As research shows, it is incredibly important to maintain our commitment to flood defences, which are...

Global Poverty (1 Jul 2010)

Nicola Blackwood: .... Where it has acute effects on land productivity, women run a higher risk than men of losing their means of livelihood. There is already evidence of that in areas with prolonged drought or heavy flooding, where men have left the rural areas in search of employment leaving women and children on farmland with dwindling resources. Because women continue to be regarded as home producers or...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Australia: Floods (17 Jan 2011)

Nicola Blackwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to assist Australia in respect of recent flooding in Queensland.

Flood Defences (21 Feb 2012)

Nicola Blackwood: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Dobbin. According to the Association of British Insurers, Oxford West and Abingdon is the constituency with the 49th highest flood risk in the UK, with more than 2,000 homes and businesses at significant risk of flooding. That assessment excludes risks associated with surface flooding caused by heavy rainfall. Despite the high level of...

Flood Defences (21 Feb 2012)

Nicola Blackwood: The right hon. Gentleman makes a very good point. The Oxford Flood Alliance has stated publicly, and to me personally, that it has significant reservations about the project. The Environment Agency has stated that the project will improve the weir’s resilience and speed of operation. At a meeting of the Environment Agency, Northmoor and Appleton parish councillors and me in December, the EA...

Flood Defences (21 Feb 2012)

Nicola Blackwood: The Environment Agency has confirmed that the replacement of the Northmoor weir will not improve the flood risk. Is the Minister claiming that the replacement of Northmoor weir is to improve flood risk?

Flood Defences (21 Feb 2012)

Nicola Blackwood: That is not entirely accurate. I have received objections to the weir project from people who are at risk of flooding throughout my constituency and nearby constituencies.

Business of the House (17 Jan 2013)

Nicola Blackwood: Hundreds of my constituents spent Christmas and new year on flood alert, like many others, but now that the immediate danger has passed, they still have to cope with the worry of an uncertain future for their flood insurance. May we please have an urgent oral statement on the progress that the Government are making with the insurance companies on agreeing a statement of principles?

Flood Insurance (26 Mar 2013)

Nicola Blackwood: hon. Friend the Member for Esher and Walton (Mr Raab) on securing this timely and important debate. I have 1,627 homes and businesses in my constituency that are at significant risk of flooding. I have visited streets in Abingdon, Kidlington and Oxford where ripped-out carpets, kitchen units and discarded furniture were all piled up and abandoned on pavements in 2007, and that sight is...

Flood Insurance (26 Mar 2013)

Nicola Blackwood: Clearly, it is vital that flood insurance continues to be widely available and affordable, a point I will come to in a moment. Although there is frustration about the responsibility of different agencies working together to respond to constituents, the emergency response to flood events locally since 2007 has improved dramatically, and there have been positive developments on flood defences...

Flood Insurance (26 Mar 2013)

Nicola Blackwood: I suspect that my hon. Friend is about to describe a flood group like the Oxford Flood Alliance, which he and I are familiar with. It plays a huge role in reducing flood risk in Oxford by coming up with flood plans, mitigating flood risk in communities and developing flood resilience. Does he agree that this is a really important thing to encourage, and that any future flood insurance scheme...

Flood Insurance (26 Mar 2013)

Nicola Blackwood: My hon. Friend is making some excellent points about Environment Agency approval of flood plains. She began by talking about dilapidated sewerage systems. Does she agree that we need to include Thames Water more in decisions about planning, because a lot of our drainage systems are causing problems with surface water flooding?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Flooding (6 Jan 2014)

Nicola Blackwood: My constituency has also flooded, which has led to one tragedy and widespread disruption and anxiety. I join the Secretary of State in paying tribute to the Environment Agency and the emergency services for their tireless work over the Christmas period. However, despite their ever-increasing water bills, my constituents are again facing foul water flooding from sewers that simply cannot cope...

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Floods: Insurance (24 Jan 2014)

Nicola Blackwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure the delivery of the Flood Re scheme on time and to plan.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Floods: Insurance (24 Jan 2014)

Nicola Blackwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure the affordability of flood insurance and prevent premiums from rising disproportionately until the Flood Re scheme has come into force.

Business of the House: Winter Floods (6 Feb 2014)

Nicola Blackwood: This winter in Oxford West and Abingdon, flooding has led to loss of life, community chaos and property flooding. It is not only deeply distressing for residents but has brought our economy to a standstill. I am very grateful for the commitment to provide emergency funding and I hope that my council will apply. However, does the Secretary of State agree that it is long-term solutions, such as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (7 Apr 2014)

Nicola Blackwood: This winter, my constituents struggled not only with the destruction of river flooding, but with the revolting effects of foul-water flooding and inadequate drainage. We have a severe housing shortage, so it is right that we should be building houses, but this must not make the situation any worse. What steps is the Minister taking to strengthen consultation with water companies during the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Local Growth Deals (7 Jul 2014)

Nicola Blackwood: ...great news for local people: it will deliver more jobs and more housing; it will close the skills gap by delivering vital skills opportunities; and it will take us a big step closer to delivering flood protection. I do not want to seem ungrateful, but will the Minister also consider vital A34 improvements at every future opportunity, because they are essential to our long-term local...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Charter for Budget Responsibility (13 Jan 2015)

Nicola Blackwood: ...-term local economic plan. We are targeting that funding exactly where it will stimulate growth and jobs—infrastructure, skills training, local business support, and urgently needed housing and flood defences. That twin message of more jobs and growth alongside targeted local investment is possible only because of the essential precondition mentioned by my right hon. and learned Friend...

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