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Flood and Water Management Act 2010

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3.The Act takes forward some of the proposals in three previous strategy documents published by the UK Government - Future Water(1), Making Space for Water(2) and the UK Government’s response to the Sir Michael Pitt’s Review of the Summer 2007 floods(3). The Act also takes forward parts of the draft Flood and Water Management Bill(4) and takes into account pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Bill by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

4.The Act also gives effect to the Welsh Assembly Government’s Environment Strategy for Wales(5), New Approaches Programme and the Strategic Policy Position Statement on Water(6).


Future water: the Government's water strategy for England, February 2008. [1]


Making space for water: Taking forward a new Government strategy for flood and coastal erosion risk management in England, March 2005. [2]


The Government’s Response to Sir Michael Pitt’s Review of the Summer 2007 Floods, December 2008. [3]


Draft Flood and Water Management Bill, April 2009. [4]


Welsh Assembly Government Strategic Policy Position Statement on Water, March 2009. [6]

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