Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:00 pm on 20th June 2002.

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Photo of The Bishop of Lichfield The Bishop of Lichfield Bishop 3:00 pm, 20th June 2002

My Lords, I thank the Minister for his reply, but is he aware of the scale of the human trauma arising from what are now recurrent floodings in Shrewsbury and elsewhere? I refer to losses suffered by businesses, damage to people's homes, difficulties in getting insurance, family stress and health costs. Can the Government not increase funding for defence works in such areas by including those human factors in their cost-benefit calculations for building adequate flood defences?