Flood Control

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation, NATO Parliamentary Assembly (President)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 July 2013, Official Report, columns 478-9W, on flood control, and his oral answer to the hon. Member for York Central of 9 January 2014, for what reasons the earlier answer shows that his Department's spending on flood protection in England fell from £646 million in 2010-11 to £533 million in 2013-14 when his oral answer on his Department's spending on flood protection states that he is providing more money for this purpose than any previous Government in the current spending review; how the £2.3 billion figure in his oral answer relates to the £646 million and £533 million figures in the answer of 15 July 2013; how the figure of £2.3 billion was calculated; over what period the £2.3 billion will be spent; and what the evidential basis is for the statement that the current Government is providing more than any previous Government on flood protection.

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

holding answer 14 January 2014

Together with external contributions under this Government's Partnership Funding approach, more is being spent on flood and coastal erosion risk management during the current spending review period (2011-12 to 2014-15) than in the previous four years (2007-08 to 2010-11).

The supporting information for this calculation follows.

I would also like to take this opportunity to correct the record. Floods funding is complex, with a number of different income streams including Government funding, local levies, and other contributions towards schemes. Further analysis has identified some minor inconsistencies in the figures previously provided on historic Government spending on flood risk management, including in the written answer referred to by the hon. Member. I regret that this was not presented in a consistent way, something I have now rectified.

Government expenditure on flood risk management

The following figures set out DEFRA expenditure on flood risk management, including through grant in aid provided to the Environment Agency for this purpose. They exclude funding through local levies or other income.

  Total (£ million)
2007-08 500
2008-09 568
2009-10 633
2010-11 670
2011-12 573
2012-13 576

Future budgets for flood and coastal erosion risk management

The following figures set out current budgets, calculated on the same basis.

  Total (£ million)
2013-14 577
2014-15 615

Expenditure on flood and coastal erosion risk management during the four-year period from 2007-08 to 2010-11 totalled £2.371 billion. Expenditure already incurred, and planned, during the current spending review period (2011-12 to 2014-15) totals £2.341 billion.

Funding from external sources spent during the four-year period from 2007-08 to 2010-11 totalled £13 million. For the current spending review period, funding from external contributions under our new Partnership Funding approach are expected to total up to £148 million.

Taken together, more is therefore being spent on flood risk management than ever before.

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