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Flood Control

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the Pitt review working group to report on the potential of natural flood management.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Sir Michael Pitt's recommendation was that DEFRA, the Environment Agency and Natural England should work with partners to establish a programme through Catchment Flood Management Plans and Shoreline Management Plans to achieve greater working with natural processes. In response, the Environment Agency and DEFRA established a working group to improve the understanding of natural processes in flood and coastal erosion risk management. In March 2010, this working group published guidance for practitioners which includes examples of good practice. This is available on the Environment Agency's website at:

A final report, which includes a summary of progress to date and suggestions of where further work would be beneficial, will be published at the end of March 2012.

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