Floods: Repairs and Maintenance

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Laurence Robertson Laurence Robertson Shadow Minister (Northern Ireland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will consider assigning the proceeds of the fine imposed on Severn Trent plc to improvement of the sewage and drainage systems in areas affected by last year's flooding; and if he will make a statement. [This section has been corrected on 22 May 2008, column 6MC — read correction]

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

Ofwat is required by law to pay the fines it collects from water companies into the consolidated fund.

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Mark Poxon
Posted on 21 May 2008 12:05 pm (Report this annotation)

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

"Ofwat is required by law to pay the fines it collects from water companies into the consolidated."

Into the consolidated what? Those of us without inside knowledge have got no idea what the Minister is talking about. I think some ministers need to go on a communication course - far far away...

We want to know where these fines are actually going. Into the DEFRA's "consolidated" party fund perhaps?

Barry Wells
Posted on 21 May 2008 1:23 pm (Report this annotation)

Phil has a valid point and one that needs an answer. What on earth is this minister talking about? It appear to be an incomplete answer - is there no way in which this man can be made to elaborate? Barry Wells

Mary Nelson
Posted on 21 May 2008 5:54 pm (Report this annotation)

I agree with the previous two comments. The general public need a proper answer. Last year's floods were so extreme and caused so much widespread devestation and hardship in Gloucestershire, that this particular water company's fine should be looked at with special consideration, and the money directed back into improving the flow of water courses and drainage generally. Also some of the damage done to roads, especially in the Cotswolds, should be repaired properly with some of this fine money.