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Flooding: minimising risk and increasing resilience examined

29 June 2016

The Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee questions the devolved administrations, water companies, and the Canal and River Trust on managing water resources to minimise flood risk and increase resilience to flooding. 


Wednesday 29 June 2016, Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster

At 2.30pm

  • Dr David Pirie, Executive Director, Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • David Porter, Chief Executive, Rivers Agency, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Jeremy Parr, Head of Operational Risk Management, Natural Resources Wales

At 3.30pm

  • Peter Simpson, Chief Executive, Anglian Water
  • Dr Stephen Bird, Managing Director, South West Water
  • Jo Harrison, Asset Management Director, United Utilities
  • Dr Adam Comerford, National Hydrology Manager, Canal and River Trust

Purpose of session

The session looks at best practices and lessons learned during recent major flood events, the roles of organisations both public and private in managing flood risk, and different models of flood risk governance including:

  • How do water management strategies in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland differ from those of England?
  • How do differences in planning legislation in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland impact the uptake of Sustainable Drainage Systems and contribute to minimising flood risk?
  • How resilient is England's water management infrastructure to extreme events and how can we build capacity?
  • What role should water companies play in flood risk management?

Further information

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