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Flood and Water Management Act 2010

Section 8: National flood and coastal erosion risk management strategy: Wales

38.This section requires the Welsh Ministers to develop, maintain and apply a national strategy for flood and coastal erosion risk management in Wales. They are not required to monitor the strategy as in England. As with the strategy for England, the strategy for Wales will cover all sources of flooding except those from sewerage systems or caused by burst water mains.

39.Subsection (2) lists the matters that should be included in the strategy as a minimum requirement. These are the same as required for the national flood and coastal erosion risk management strategy for England.

40.Subsection (3) requires the Welsh Ministers to consult the Secretary of State in England about matters which may affect flood and coastal erosion risk management in England. Subsections (5) and (6) also allow Welsh Ministers to issue guidance in particular in relation to the duties to co-operate, and the powers to enter into arrangements and to require information. Subsection (4) requires the Welsh Ministers to publish a summary of the strategy.

41.The Welsh Ministers are required to lay the strategy before the National Assembly for Wales (subsection (7)). They are also required to lay any guidance issued under this section before the National Assembly and the guidance may not be issued if, during the period specified in subsection (8), the National Assembly resolves that it should not be issued in that form.

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