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Environment Agency faces questions on floods

The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has launched an inquiry into recent flooding across the UK.

The committee will hear from the chairman, chief executive and deputy chief executive of the Environment Agency on 6 January, as well as from local representatives from Cumbria, where there has been severe flooding.

In December—before the floods occurred—the committee warned that budget cuts of 15 per cent at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs should not affect “vital flood protection work”, which it said should be a priority.

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