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SHADOW ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY CALLS FOR GOVERNMENT ASSURANCES OVER FLOODING

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Shadow environment secretary Gillian Shephard has demanded assurances from the government following the publication...
Shadow environment secretary Gillian Shephard has demanded assurances from the government following the publication of a report into the Environment Agency's handling of the Easter floods. She said:

'The report on the independent review of the environment agency's response to the floods at Easter show an inadequate and failed response on the part of the agency. The agency was said to have an overcomplicated set of procedures, some staff who were unaware of their roles and those of other organisations, and to have failed to provide timely warnings.

'Five people died as a consequence of the flooding and the lives of thousands of other people have been disrupted as a result of the agency's failure to identify potential danger. The Welsh Office and the Ministry of Agriculture have so far escaped censure for the shortcomings of the agency. The public across the country will want to know what they are now doing to prevent a recurrence of these events. I want assurances from the government that they are going to act on this report.'
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