Flood Control: Coastal Areas

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Andrew Tyrie Andrew Tyrie Conservative, Chichester

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the compatibility of Natural England and the Environment Agency's policies on Managed Retreat.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government's policy, as set out in their response to "Making Space for Water", is to adopt a more sustainable approach to flood risk management, moving to a wider portfolio of responses including greater use of rural land-use solutions. In that context, the recent inquiry into the 2007 flooding, chaired by Sir Michael Pitt, has concluded that DEFRA, the Environment Agency and Natural England should work with partners to establish a programme and framework to achieve greater working with natural processes.

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