MP quizzes Prime Minister on flooding action
MP Tessa Munt has this week quizzed David Cameron on what is being
done to protect local farmland from flooding.
Prime Ministers Questions in the House of Commons, she
asked about progress in changing the priorities of the Environment
Agency and Natural England so that productive farm land can be
In reply, the Prime Minister said: "I have had conversations
about this issue with the Secretary of State for Environment,
Food and Rural Affairs. He will soon bring forward the proposal
to make sure that the insurance scheme that protected households
in danger of flooding is renewed."
"We also need to make sure we protect farmland in the way
the Honourable Lady says, not least because, with global populations
rising, the demand for food production is going to increase, and
we should make sure we have a good level of food security in this
afterwards, Tessa said she was pleased with the response.
She told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This is an encouraging response
to concerns raised in a long series of meetings between the Flooding
Minister, local farmers and landowners, the Drainage Board, the
Environment Agency, the Prime Minister and me."
"I will continue to pursue a solution with each of the bodies
in the coming weeks. As far as I can see, the remit of both the
Environment Agency and Natural England must be updated to reflect
the value of our farmland and demonstrate clearly how it should
"Without this, the farmers and the local drainage boards
are always going to struggle to find the funding necessary to
improve drainage and maintain the waterways properly."