Ministers have denied claims by a Yorkshire MP that talks aimed at securing affordable insurance cover for homes at risk of flooding are 'in disarray'.
The future of flood insurance is at the centre of negotiations between the Government and the Association of British Insurers who are trying to agree a new 'Statement of Principles' - an agreement that requires insurers to offer cover to properties at greater risk, on the condition that plans for flood defences are planned for the affected areas.
The agreement expires in July.
But speaking in the Commons this morning, Hull East MP Karl Turner told MPs that negotiations are at 'crisis point'.
Flooding Minister Richard Benyon said that he "entirely rejects" the claims and insisted they were at a "very high tempo".
It comes on the day another Yorkshire MP launched a petition urging the Government to find 'a suitable replacement' for the agreement.
Graham Stuart, the Conservative MP for Beverley and Holderness, claimed negotiations were "not happening fast enough" .