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The Jubilee River story - November 2010 - House of Lords - Flooding and Insurance

10 Nov 2010 : Column WA81

Flooding

Questions

Asked by Lord Campbell-Savours

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Henley): Under the National Infrastructure Plan, published by Her Majesty's Treasury last month, the Government will encourage greater investment in flood resilience by making information on levels of flood risk more available and accessible to all.

Non-commercial interests researching floodplain mapping are not restricted from using Environment Agency-owned modelling inputs or outputs. Modelling that the Environment Agency does not own, or does not have the appropriate third-party intellectual property rights to share, may be restricted. The Environment Agency does not own floodplain mapping software-it is licensed from software companies and these licences do not allow it to be passed to others.

Asked by Lord Greaves

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Henley): Defra had discussions with key representatives from the insurance industry, the National Flood Forum, the Environment Agency and local government at the recent Flood Insurance Summit. We agreed to continue working in partnership to ensure insurance remains widely available beyond 2013, when the current Statement of Principles agreement expires.