HC Deb 24 November 1997 vol 301 c411W
Mr. David Heath

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what plans he has to improve floodplain zoning and flood warning systems in Somerset. [17071]

Mr. Morley

The Environment Agency is responsible for carrying out surveys in relation to its flood defence function and for arranging for flood warnings to be issued. It has recently undertaken a survey of all main-river floodplain in Somerset, under the provisions of Section 105(2) of the Water Resources Act 1991. In its latest Corporate Plan, the Agency has set out targets for its flood warning arrangements which will involve the development of new telemetry, forecasting and warning dissemination systems.