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Flooding: the need to minimise future risk

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David Cameron has called on the Government to ensure that in future, the risk of flooding to homes, businesses and public service installations is minimised.

The Conservative Leader requested a more co-ordinated approach following the widespread misery and damage caused by recent flooding across parts of England, which has caused a loss of life, has left thousands homeless, and resulted in parts of the country to be cut off and be deprived of power and freshwater supplies.

During Question Time Exchanges in the Commons, Mr Cameron praised the performance of the emergency services, the military, and local authorities for the vital work they are doing in dealing with the emergency.

But while welcoming the review set up by the Government, he told the Prime Minister of the pressing need to minimise the risk of future flooding, and said: "At least five times in the last decade we have been told that co-ordination between the Environment Agency and local authorities needs to improve. So can you make sure that this time it really is delivered, and make sure we do everything possible to protect key infrastructure."

Mr Cameron also pressed for clear answers on compensation for flood victims, and as the focus shifts from emergency response to clean-up, he pressed the Government to ensure that the insurance industries rapidly provides the cash needed to help families recover from the damage, while help is considered for those people who are without insurance cover, in addition to the local hardship funds now being set up.

In response to Mr Cameron's questions, the Prime Minister announced that aid for the flood-stricken areas of England would be raised to 46 million - "so that local authorities are in a better position to respond".

Cameron, David

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