MPs' concerns cuts could affect Defra's flood response

MPs have said it is vital that Defra preserves its ability to respond to emergencies, such as the recent flooding, despite deep cuts to its budget.

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Maria Eagle: Defra must explain impact of cuts

Shadow environment secretary Maria Eagle has called on Defra to explain how cuts to the Environment Agency, which it funds, will not have an "adverse impact" on communities at risk of flooding.

[Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has] failed to prioritise investment in flood defences, nor explained how communities at risk from flooding will not be adversely impacted by major reductions in Environment Agency staff, despite evidence that extreme weather conditions are set to become more frequent.

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