Commenting on the interim conclusions of the Pitt Review - Learning Lessons from the 2007 Floods, which were published today, David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

"Last summer's floods had an extremely damaging effect on thousands of businesses across the UK, a large number of which are still struggling to recover.

"There is a great deal to be learnt from the 2007 floods and we will continue to take an active interest in the ongoing suggestions and proposals that the Pitt Review produces. What is essential however, is that the government takes note of the conclusions drawn up by the Review committee and turns plans into action. Announcing strategy is not enough, especially with flooding likely to happen again. Proper precautions and preparations must be in place as soon as possible, with the business community fully involved at every stage."