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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Storm Arwen

Scottish Affairs Committee
Storm Arwen

Tuesday 18 January 2022

Start times: 10.10am (private) 10.30am (public)


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The Scottish Affairs Committee will be holding a one-off evidence session on November 2021’s Storm Arwen and its impact on Scotland.

Meeting details

At 10.30am: Oral evidence
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Chief Executive at Aberdeenshire Council
Director of Customer Operations at SSEN
Chief Operating Officer at Scottish Water
Chief Operating Officer at Scottish Power Energy Networks
At 11.30am: Oral evidence
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Secretary of State at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Deputy Director, Energy Development and Resilience Department at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Amongst the issues likely to be discussed on Tuesday are:

  • The magnitude and impacts of Storm Arwen;
  • Preparedness and response by Government, energy networks and Scottish Water;
  • Preparedness for future disruption in light of climate change and extreme weather;
  • The effectiveness of support for those suffering power and water cuts due to the Storm, particularly the vulnerable, and the processing of compensation payments.

Storm Arwen was “one of the most powerful and damaging winter storms of the last decade”, according to the Met Office, affecting almost all of Scotland with widespread impacts in the North East, Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders. Three people died when they were hit by fallen trees in Aberdeenshire, Cumbria and Northern Ireland.

At its peak, Storm Arwen’s impact affected 79,500 Scottish Power customers and 126,000 SSEN customers in Scotland. Many suffered disruption for over a week, with some homes waiting up to ten days to be reconnected to power.

Location

Room 6, Palace of Westminster

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