Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minutes of Evidence

Supplementary memorandum submitted by Sir John Harman, Chairman, Environment Agency

  The evidence given by Elliot Morley and myself, together with the supplementary material, covered many aspects of how we manage flood defence in England and Wales.

  One important matter that may still be unclear to the Committee is a single explanation of who does what in the funding and management of flood defence. To many of us it does appear complex and unwieldy, thus under estimating the partnership between the Agency, Local Authorities and Internal Drainage Boards.

  I attach an additional table, which I feel will help the Committee better understand the `organogram' submitted as supplementary evidence and in particular who is responsible for what.

  I do hope the Committee find this helpful.

18 December 2001

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