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Flood Control

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on (a) maintenance of flood defences and (b) new capital expenditure on flood defences in each year since 1997; and how much such spending is planned in each of the next 10 years.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The tables show the level of funding provided by DEFRA for flood defences since 1997. Prior to 2004 the majority of funding was provided by local government.

Where possible the amount of DEFRA funding provided for revenue (including the maintenance of flood defences) and capital expenditure (building new flood defences) has been identified.

The tables also include the forecast spend on revenue up to 2015-16 and the capital figures up to 2020-21, as announced in the 26 June spending review.

DEFRA Funding for flood defences
  £ million
1997-98 87
1998-99 78
1999-2000 76
2000-01 72
2001-02 85
2002-03 128
2003-04 136
£ million
  Revenue including maintenance Capital Total
2004-05 415
2005-06 515
2006-07 505
2007-08 247 210 457
2008-09 251 315 566
2009-10 258 362 620
2010-11 275 371 646
2011-12 257 291 548
2012-13 257 266 523
2013-14 239 294 533
Forecast spend
£ million
  Revenue including maintenance Capital (rising with inflation from 2015-16) Total
2014-15 226 344 570
2015-16 231 370 601
2016-17 377
2017-18 383
2018-19 390
2019-20 397
2020-21 404
Note: DEFRA figures.

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