River Thames APPG

First Registered: 16/03/2016 • Last updated on: 27/01/2021

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The Thames catchment has many millions dependent upon the health of the Royal River Thames. It provides drinking water, sewage disposal, recreation, peace and tranquillity on its banks. It provides drainage and at times takes flood waters out to the sea. The APPG provides an essential conduit to delivering sustainable management.

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Recent Documents related to River Thames

1. River Thames: boat registration charges
13/11/2019 - Environment Agency (EA)
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2. River Thames: visiting launch short period application
13/11/2019 - Environment Agency (EA)
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Found: River Thames: visiting launch short period application - GOV.UK

3. River Thames: unpowered boat application form
13/11/2019 - Environment Agency (EA)
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Found: River Thames: unpowered boat application form - GOV.UK

4. River Thames: application for registration of a launch
13/11/2019 - Environment Agency (EA)
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Found: River Thames: application for registration of a launch - GOV.UK

5. River Thames Scheme: reducing flood risk from Datchet to Teddington
22/10/2019 - Environment Agency (EA)
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Found: River Thames Scheme: reducing flood risk from Datchet to Teddington

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to River Thames

1. Vessel Emissions: River Thames
04/09/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: has considered emissions from vessels on the River Thames.It is a pleasure to serve under your - Speech Link
2: against emissions from the Thames. My constituency is right across the Thames from his, and I was happy - Speech Link
3: toxic emissions relating to activity on the River Thames has been solved for those living in my constituency - Speech Link
4: The problem of emissions in London and on the Thames in particular is clear, but emissions throughout - Speech Link
5: some regulatory role or other with regards to the river. As I will come on to argue, we need to bring some - Speech Link

2. Degraded Chalk Stream Environments
22/07/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: all from their source to where they join a bigger river. That is our record and it is one that none of us - Speech Link
2: be praised for all the efforts that he and the River Chess Association put into trying to maintain and - Speech Link
3: the River Beane by 90%, which was actually a very brave thing to do. Yet that part of the river has not - Speech Link
4: Gentleman is a passionate and long-term defender of our river system. I simply want to make a couple of technical - Speech Link

3. Thames Water Reservoir at Abingdon
12/12/2018 - Westminster Hall

1: That this House has considered plans for a Thames Water reservoir at Abingdon.I am grateful - Speech Link

4. Flooding: Oxford West and Abingdon
16/05/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: and several local businesses, were flooded by the River Ock. Thousands of local residents were affected - Speech Link

5. Water Industry (Specified Infrastructure Projects) (English Undertakers) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
08/06/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: stakeholders were consulted, five of which—Ofwat, Thames Water, Bazalgette Tunnel Ltd, Bazalgette Tunnel - Speech Link
2: concern about them. First, as the Minister said, the Thames tideway tunnel—which predates these regulations—is - Speech Link
3: have certainly done an extremely good job for the Thames tideway tunnel project. It will remain to be seen - Speech Link

6. Inland Waterways
08/03/2018 - Grand Committee

1: authorities. The largest manager is the Canal and River Trust, which looks after 2,000 miles, followed by - Speech Link
2: Like the noble Lord, I congratulate the Canal and River Trust on its successes. I know that there were worries - Speech Link
3: year, and a very important member is the Canal and River Trust. It manages 2,000 miles of historic navigable - Speech Link

7. Water Industry
10/06/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: of this, just to set this all in context, is the Thames Tideway Tunnel, which meets both of those conditions - Speech Link
2: but they will be separate projects, as is the Thames Tideway Tunnel, from the general work of the water - Speech Link
3: the seven-year sunset clause in relation to the Thames Tideway tunnel, to allow the 2013 regulations to - Speech Link

8. Hammersmith Bridge
03/03/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: doubt aware of the intricacies of crossing the River Thames.It is also a great pleasure to see the - Speech Link
2: Essentially, to relieve the congestion on other river crossings and to make that part of London function - Speech Link
3: and its residents. Hammersmith bridge is a key Thames crossing. The Government recognise its vital importance - Speech Link

9. Oxford West and Abingdon: Flooding
24/02/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: coming without any more drainage investment from Thames Water. Our parish councils need help. There are - Speech Link
2: 2007, when more than 400 homes were flooded by the River Ock, and water levels exceeded the 1947 flood, which - Speech Link

10. Water Safety and Life-saving Equipment
24/07/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: particularly, but not exclusively, on the banks of the River Clyde, which runs through my constituency. Life-saving - Speech Link
2: constituency, there have been fatalities in the Jubilee river. I have raised that issue with the Prime Minister - Speech Link
3: we continue to have one of the highest levels of river deaths in the country. On Saturday, I had the privilege - Speech Link
4: recently that give me pause for thought as I cross the river in the course of my day; I can see the tributes - Speech Link
5: its many volunteers, collects lifebelts from the river and restores them to their rightful position. George - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to River Thames
1. River Thames: Cocaine
asked by: Lord Jones of Cheltenham
04/02/2019
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on eels of cocaine in the river Thames; and what steps they intend to take to reduce the level of cocaine in that river.

2. Boats: River Thames
asked by: Sarah Olney
03/02/2020
... what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the potential effect of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s proposals for older river boats on established river services on the River Thames between Kew and Richmond.

3. River Thames: Boats
asked by: Ruth Cadbury
14/01/2020
... Kingston and Hampton Court Palace.

4. Thames Water: Sewage
asked by: Lord Bradshaw
23/11/2020
... whether the Environment Agency has prosecuted Thames Water in relation to incidents of polluting the River Thames or its tributaries since the beginning of 2020.

5. River Thames: Cocaine
asked by: Luke Pollard
18/06/2019
... what progress his Department has made on tackling the level of cocaine found in eels in the Thames.

Latest Questions
8 Current APPG Officers
John Howell Portrait
John Howell
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Henley
Joined: 16th March 2016
Alberto Costa Portrait
Alberto Costa
Officer
Conservative - South Leicestershire
Joined: 24th February 2020
Robert Neill Portrait
Robert Neill
Officer
Conservative - Bromley and Chislehurst
Joined: 24th February 2020
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

John Howell MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 6676.

Email: howelljm@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Michael Shefras, River Thames Alliance Co Ltd, 843 Finchley Road, London NW11 8NA

Email: rtacoltd@shefras.com

Benefits in Kind
Date
4 Jul 2019
Source
River Thames Alliance Co Ltd
Description
Secretariat   From : 04/07/2019 To : 03/07/2020
Value
£1,501
Date
4 Jul 2018
Source
River Thames Alliance Co Ltd
Description
Secretariat   From : 04/07/2018 To : 03/07/2019
Value
£1,501

No direct financial benefits are on record for the River Thames APPG

Former APPG Officers
Ruth Cadbury Portrait
Ruth Cadbury
Vice Chair
Labour - Brentford and Isleworth
Joined: 23rd October 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
Gareth Johnson Portrait
Gareth Johnson
Officer
Conservative - Dartford
Joined: 23rd October 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
David Evennett Portrait
David Evennett
Officer
Conservative - Bexleyheath and Crayford
Joined: 23rd October 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
1 APPG Membership
Sustainable Resource
Neil Coyle Portrait
Neil Coyle
Officer
Labour - Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Joined: 21st November 2018
Departed: 5th November 2019
Gillian Keegan Portrait
Gillian Keegan
Officer
Conservative - Chichester
Joined: 23rd October 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Robert Courts Portrait
Robert Courts
Deputy Chair
Conservative - Witney
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 11th September 2019
Jim Fitzpatrick Portrait
Jim Fitzpatrick
Deputy Chair
Labour - Former Member for Poplar and Limehouse
Joined: 16th March 2016
Departed: 11th September 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Paul Beresford Portrait
Paul Beresford
Officer
Conservative - Mole Valley
Joined: 21st November 2018
Departed: 11th September 2019
David T C Davies Portrait
David T C Davies
Officer
Conservative - Monmouth
Joined: 21st November 2018
Departed: 11th September 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Lord Benyon Portrait
Lord Benyon
Officer
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 21st November 2018
Departed: 11th September 2019
No other APPG Memberships
James Duddridge Portrait
James Duddridge
Officer
Conservative - Rochford and Southend East
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 10th October 2018
No other APPG Memberships
Matt Rodda Portrait
Matt Rodda
Officer
Labour - Reading East
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 10th October 2018
No other APPG Memberships
Kelly Tolhurst Portrait
Kelly Tolhurst
Officer
Conservative - Rochester and Strood
Joined: 16th March 2016
Departed: 2nd May 2017
No other APPG Memberships
Fiona Mactaggart Portrait
Fiona Mactaggart
Officer
Labour - Former Member for Slough
Joined: 16th March 2016
Departed: 2nd May 2017
No other APPG Memberships