Anne McIntosh comment on draft water bill

Anne McIntosh Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Anne McIntosh MP for Thirsk and Malton, gave a qualified welcome for the Government's plan for more competition in the water market but said more urgency was required to push through changes to improve flood resilience.

She said: "The Government has been too slow to implement changes that would protect homes and businesses from the shattering effects of flooding.

"Government must get on with implementing changes that would reduce flooding - many of which were recommended nearly five years ago.

"Widespread flooding has once again wrought devastation and heartache in communities across the country, including my constituency.

"Solutions that would reduce the impact of flooding are out there and would make a difference but successive Governments have not had the mettle to put them into practice."