I refer to Sir John Harman's letter (NCE last week). Over the years there have been so many changes in the responsibility for sea and river defences that it would be opportune if someone could set out who was actually responsible in England and Wales.
Sir John refers to the involvement of his Agency, the Ministry for Agriculture, Food & Fisheries and the Department of the Environment Transport & the Regions. Yet a television programme last week also exposed the chaotic involvement of local and regional authorities in determining priorities after the Yorkshire flooding.
It seems quite clear to me that central government should have direct responsibility for all river and sea defences and the control of all finances and work. It is a national problem that needs national solutions.
Bob Orrell, 27 Wickfield Avenue, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1JB