Flood Prevention

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th November 2001.

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Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire Conservative, East Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent by central Government, local government and agencies on flood defences and flood prevention in (a) 1997–98 and (b) 2000–01; and what the estimated spending is for 2001–02.

Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Flood defence is provided by the Environment Agency, local authorities and internal drainage boards. The table shows expenditure by the Environment Agency in England, by English local authorities and estimated expenditure by internal drainage boards.

1997–98 2000–01
Environment Agency 255.2 270.4
Local authorities 13.0 (12)20.1
Internal Drainage Boards (13)40.0 (13)41.0
Total 308.2 331.5

(12) Provisional

(13) Estimate

It is not possible to provide a fully broken down estimate of expenditure in 2001–02 but DEFRA grant will increase by some £26 million and levies to the Environment Agency increased by some £19 million indicating that overall expenditure could increase by some £45 million on the 2000–01 figure.

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