Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from the Chairman to Ian Pearson MP, Minister of State for Climate Change and Environment, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

  Thank you for your Supplementary Explanatory Memorandum of 2 June 2006 which Sub Committee D (Environment and Agriculture) considered at its meeting yesterday.

  We share the Government's concerns on this proposal and ask that you ensure that your concerns are raised during the upcoming Council meeting. As you point out in your Regulatory Impact Assessment, the existing Water Framework Directive already requires the consideration of possible environmental damage from flooding as part of water management planning. Furthermore, the definition used for flooding is too wide in scope.

15 June 2006

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