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Government welcomes Pitt flooding review

Environment Secretary, Hilary Benn, today welcomed the publication of the interim Pitt report which has assessed the response to the summer floods, saying its recommendations would be implented as soon as possible.

Mr Benn said: 'The interim report confirms the extreme nature of the weather that gave rise to the floods and acknowledges the efforts that were made by everyone engaged in responding. It identifies a number of urgent steps which it recommends should be taken straight away.

'These relate particularly to monitoring of specific flood risks, better information sharing and the practicalities of emergency response. The Government agrees with all of the urgent recommendations and will work with all organisations involved in taking them forward as quickly as possible.

'Earlier this year I announced a significant increase in funding for flood and coastal erosion risk management. This will rise from its current level of £600m, to £650m in 2008-09, £700m in 2009-10 and £800 million in 2010-11.

'These record levels of investment will be supported by the establishment of new outcome measures to secure best value for investment and, through the Environment Agency, and considering whether a Long Term Investment Strategy for the next twenty years is appropriate for this policy area.'

Source: DeHavilland