Created: 11 February 2020
Andrew took part in the Flood Response debate in Parliament yesterday to urge the Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers MP, to look into the availability of maintenance funding for drainage boards, local authorities and the Environment Agency.
You can read a transcript of Andrew's question below or read the full debate online here.
Andrew Percy (Brigg and Goole) (Con)
Brigg and Goole and the Isle of Axholme is probably the most flood-prone constituency in the country. We are grateful for the hundreds of miles of flood defences that protect us and for Governments of all parties over the last decade and a half announcing more money for flood projects after events, but the problem at the moment actually is not so much accessing funding for capital projects but ongoing maintenance, which is absolutely vital to ensure our ditches and dykes are free to take the water. I urge the Secretary of State to continue the excellent work on capital funding, but to look at what maintenance funding has been made available to drainage boards, local authorities and the EA?
My hon. Friend makes a very valid point. In many areas, capital spending is not effective unless it is accompanied by resource spending to ensure that appropriate maintenance takes place, and nowhere is that clearer than in relation to floods. That, no doubt, will be considered at the Budget and the spending review.