Flooding: Severn Plain

Wales written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Lembit Öpik Lembit Öpik Liberal Democrat, Montgomeryshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the First Minister on cross-border flooding on the Severn plain between Caersws and Shrewsbury.

Photo of Wayne David Wayne David The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

My right hon. Friend has regular bi-lateral meetings with the First Minister on a range of issues including environmental matters.

The Assembly Government takes flooding in Wales very seriously. It has more than doubled funding since 1999 with £5.8 million per year for local authorities and over £12 million for the Environment Agency Wales for capital improvement projects.

The Assembly Government also secured an additional £30 million from convergence funding to invest in flood and coastal erosion risk measures across Wales, £8 million for flood risk management activities and £575,000 available to the Environment Agency Wales between 2009 and 2011 to take forward a number of initiatives.

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