Upper Catchment Management

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:57 pm on 26th April 2017.

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Photo of Julian Sturdy Julian Sturdy Conservative, York Outer 4:57 pm, 26th April 2017

The hon. Gentleman is making an important point; does he agree that while hard flood defences are important we must remember that that is only moving the problem further downstream? A number of villages in my constituency, such as Acaster Malbis and Naburn, south of York, support the flood defences in York; but ultimately those only move the water downstream and move the problem elsewhere. That is why upper catchment is so important, and it is why we must look at the whole. That has been well illustrated by my hon. Friend Kevin Hollinrake.