Flood Control

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many non-flood and coastal erosion risk management staff at the Environment Agency have been redeployed for emergency flood response activities in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13 and (d) 2013-14.

Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Environment Agency does not have the figures for the number of non-flood and coastal risk management staff deployed for emergency flood response activities in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

In 2012-13 flooding resulted in around 5,000 members of Environment Agency staff being deployed for emergency flood response activities. Records show that around 800 or 16% of these staff members were from non-flood and coastal erosion risk management teams.

There were no significant flooding incidents in 2013-14 until December of this year. At this time it is not possible to gather the information to show how many non-flood and coastal erosion risk management staff were deployed for emergency flood response activities. This information will be available in March 2014.

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