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VM393 – Flood Defences Motion 2016, Quamquam123 MP
This House believes that the Government should invest more money in flood defences.

In recent weeks, France and Germany have been hit badly by flooding. Defences along the Seine and Rhine simply could not cope with the amount of rainfall and were inadequate. Fortunately, we did not experience the same levels of rainfall but if we did, we too could have experienced severe flooding problems.

Flooding on the Somerset Levels of 2013-14 highlighted the devastating effects that can arise when the defences in place are substandard. Some money has already been invested in improving flood defences around the country but this is nowhere near enough to protect all the vulnerable settlements that are located near bodies of water. In addition to this, some of the money that has been set aside is wasted due to a lack of knowledge of how flooding occurs.

Some of the main flood defences that would be installed are embankments, flood walls, river straightening and afforestation. Some of these have multiple uses. For example, embankments can be used to prevent people from falling in the river and afforestation can create habitats for wildlife.

Our country has had the five wettest years since 2000. Despite this, the Environment Agency's funding for maintaining flood defences has been cut by 14%. Annual flood and storm damage costs are approximately £1.1bn but this figure will continue to rise if new defences aren't installed. The amount of households at significant risk of flood damage will rise from 330,000 now to 570,000 in 2035. In addition to this, a 10-60% increase in extreme rainfall could lead to a quadrupling of flooding in urban areas.

New and improved flood defences could cost in the region of £100 - 150 million. The Environment Agency has said that for every £1 spent on flood defences, you save up to £8 in the future. Using the flood protection scheme in Wokingham, a standard flood defence operation, we can estimate the economic benefit that new flood defences across the country would bring. For the Wokingham project, £3.5 million was invested and it is predicted that it will payback £14 million in the long-run.
However, flood defences should only be installed in areas where the financial cost of the land and industries located there exceeds the cost of defences. The Environment Agency would identify the pockets of land that are in need of defences the most and the money would be invested into protecting those areas.

If we are to prevent, or at least significantly reduce the risk of flooding, it is imperative that the Government invests more money in flood defences and ensures it spends the money wisely.
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Why is this now a private submission?
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Why is this now a private submission?
We came of the opinion that the work done by preceding TSR governments did address, to a very large extent, the concerns raised by this motion. However the right honourable member felt, in his personal view, that more should be done - an admirable position, of course.
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Reluctant aye. Something should've been added to the text to address the previous Govt's changes
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And now we see QQ as expected trying to attack the government for not doing something that has been done and instead we should simply waste money.
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I've been having technical issues, Mr speaker, my vote should be aye.

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I've been having technical issues, Mr speaker, my vote should be aye.
One Aye has been added for seat 46.
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Ayes to the right: 28
Noes to the left: 10
Abstentions: 11

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