HC Deb 26 May 2004 vol 421 c78WS
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Ian Pearson)

The Rivers Agency is an Executive Agency of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland. It acts on behalf of the Department as the statutory drainage and flood defence authority for Northern Ireland

I have set the following key targets for the Agency for the 2004–05 business year:

Urban flood defences

To construct or refurbish 612 metres of urban flood defences.

Drainage infrastructure

To accommodate increased storm run-off from 91 hectares of development land.

To replace/refurbish 653 metres of dangerous culverts.

Maintenance watercourses

To complete identified maintenance works on 1235 of the 1585 designated open watercourses included in the Notice of Annual Maintenance as part of a six-year scheduled maintenance programme.

Replies to written enquiries

To issue substantive replies to 80 per cent. of written enquiries within 15 working days of receipt.

Schedule 6 applications

To respond to 98 per cent. of Schedule 6 applications within three months.

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