Flood Control: Finance

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 25th October 2018.

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Photo of Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to invite utility companies to contribute appropriately to Flood and Coastal Resilience Partnership Funding schemes when their assets and infrastructure would directly benefit from such schemes.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra’s current partnership funding policy encourages financial contributions towards flood defence schemes from all beneficiaries, including utility companies.

Utility companies are responsible for the resilience of their supplies. The 2016 National Flood Resilience Review requires utility companies to develop plans for permanently improving resilience of service provision from the most severe flood events.

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