Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 3:44 pm on 6th January 2014.

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Photo of Owen Paterson Owen Paterson The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 3:44 pm, 6th January 2014

I am happy to repeat what I said earlier—that this Government will be spending more on flood defences in the course of these four years than any preceding Government, and we have set up a very ambitious £2.3 billion programme going right through to 2021. I very much hope that his constituents, councils and other entities put in bids to participate in these funds.