All-Party Parliamentary Group


An All-Party Parliamentary Group consists of Members of both Houses who join together to pursue a particular topic or interest. They provide a valuable opportunity for parliamentarians to engage with individuals and organisations outside Parliament who share an interest in the subject matter of their group.


APPG for Sustainable Flood and Drought Management

The APPG for Sustainable Flood and Drought Management was established in 2022 and seeks to communicate the practical challenges and capabilities of lowland water-level managers, such as Internal Drainage Boards. The new APPG aims to bridge the significant gap in the coverage of flood and water level management-related policies being discussed at Westminster through other APPGs, which historically have focused primarily on water industry and insurance-related challenges. The APPG will improve understanding about the industry, their current responsibilities and challenges and also their unique capability to make a significant contribution towards the goals of the 25 Year Environment Plan and many other key Government Strategies.


The APPG’s formal statement of purpose is:

“To provide a forum for the discussion and progression of lowland sustainable water level management policies and to improve preparedness in the UK for global warming and its weather extremes.”

The APPG aims to meet 3-4 times each year and ADA provides the secretariat for the group. Some of the first topics to be tabled include the need for a rebalance of flood risk management funding to ensure rivers are adequately maintained and able to convey the volumes of water they are capable of, with the expectation of much increased rainfall. Other key issues to be tackled include the critical role that environmental stewardship schemes need to play in delivering “public goods for public money” in the form of flood risk reductions and to improve the industry’s ability to respond to climate change and reduce CO2 emissions through adjusted funding opportunities.



The APPG is supported by a number of elected MPs and Peers as follows:

APPG Chair Vice-Chair Vice-Chair Officer Officer Officer
Andrew Percy MP

(Brigg and Goole)

The Rt Hon. the Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE Dame Diana Johnson MP

(Kingston-upon-Hull North)

Julian Sturdy MP

(York Outer)



ADA as the secretariat supports the APPG by suggesting and organising speakers who are able to provide a particular insight into topics relevant to the Group and answer any questions they may have. ADA members would not ordinarily be invited to all APPGs because meeting numbers are most often restricted and places must be reserved for Parliamentarians. However often there will be an APPG topic proposed for which an ADA member or group of members have a particular expertise so they may be asked to attend or present to the Group. For those otherwise requesting attendance at an APPG, if there places remaining which can be offered to members as observers, ADA will be pleased to make them available and very much welcome the support.

The registered contact for the group is Innes Thomson, Chief Executive at ADA (

Dates and Meetings

Next meeting:

15 May 2024 – Future Challenges for flood and drought management

1300 – 1400, Room U, Portcullis House, Westminster, London SW1A 2LW – By invitation only.

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Previous meetings:

17 October 2023 – Future policy considerations for integrated flood & drought management.
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18 October 2022 – Will Environmental Stewardship Schemes Deliver for Drought and Flood Risk Management?
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28 February 2022 – Are flood risk proirities right?
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