HC Deb 02 May 1985 vol 78 cc188-9W
Q111. Mr. Rowe

asked the Prime Minister if she is satisfied with the co-operation between the Department of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in respect of future policy concerning land drainage and its effect on the environment.

Mr. Biffen

I have been asked to reply.

The two Departments work closely together, and consult before there is any grant aid to a land drainage or flood protection scheme to which there are unresolved environmental objections. The joint guidelines to water authorities and internal drainage boards are being reviewed: and both Departments will be considering responses to the recent consultation document on the "Financing and Administration of Land Drainage, Flood Protection and Coast Protection in England and Wales".

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