§ Norman Baker
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the written statement of 20 April 2004,Official Report, columns 7–8WS, on the flood defence finding review, what other substantial reforms to improve accountability and effectiveness will be introduced in the next 12 to 24 months as part of the Government's development of a long-term strategy on flood defence. 
§ Mr. Morley
The Government intend to consult on the proposed content of a new strategy for flood and coastal erosion risk management in England during summer 2004. The final strategy will have a long-term delivery plan from 2005 onwards.
Background information on the scope of the strategy and updates on progress are available via http://www.defra.gov.uk/environ/fcd/policy/strategy.htm