Flood Control: Finance

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what access to the Environment Agency's national flood and coastal defence database is provided to insurance companies.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Insurance companies do not have direct access to data from the national flood and coastal defence database.

Some specific datasets and associated attributes (for example, historic flood events and spatial flood defences) have been approved for access and are, therefore, available under licence from the Environment Agency. The Association of British Insurers have been made aware of these.

Any other requests for information from the national flood and coastal defence database are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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