A flurry of activity in the House of Commons before recess

MPs on climate change adaptation

The Environmental  Audit Committee of the House of Commons has published its report into adaptation to climate change in the UK. The committee’s main conclusions relate to flooding, particularly concern about the continued construction of homes on floodplains. The report also calls for a clear strategic lead on adaptation from central Government, including the appointment of an adaptation champion.

MPs on flood defence spending

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has published a report which raises concern about the sustainability of current levels of flood protection. The Committee praises the efforts of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in improving cost effectiveness, but believes that decisions about prioritisation need to be more transparent.