Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 29th March 2006.

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Photo of John Prescott John Prescott Deputy Prime Minister, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Local Government and the Regions, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee 11:30 am, 29th March 2006

No, I have not got them and I do not know what happened to them. I think that that is a little story that the hon. Gentleman picked up along the way.

I visited Shrewsbury along with many places that had been flooded. We increased the amount of money for flood protection to £500 million. It was far less under the previous Administration. As to where and who built the defences, the Environment Agency determines the most dangerous points, for which greater protection is needed. I do not know whether the council office is one of those points. We have provided the resources and, when flooding last occurred, Shrewsbury was pretty well protected from what had happened previously. I therefore think that we have done well.


Tom Morris
Posted on 30 Mar 2006 10:57 am (Report this annotation)

The MP3 says half a million pounds. Hansard says £500 million. Which is it?

Paul Mitchell
Posted on 31 Mar 2006 4:53 pm (Report this annotation)

Hansard, of course. Look who's talking! :)

Jessica Scheiber
Posted on 10 Dec 2007 1:44 am (Report this annotation)

He says "half a BILLION." So Prescott did have the right number for once!