Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions
Caroline Spelman (Secretary of State, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Meriden, Conservative)
There is no doubt that the judicious management of our watercourses can help substantially in times of very heavy rainfall. Given the steepness of
the valleys in places such as Cornwall and Cumbria, such action poses a significant challenge. The community of Hebden Bridge had not qualified under the old approach of 100% of state-funded flood defences, but it has the opportunity under partnership funding to get the flood defences that are much needed.