asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he is taking to inform people of their right to compensation following the recent flooding in Christchurch and elsewhere; how applications are to be made and to whom; and if he will make a statement.
There is no right to compensation from the Government. Local authorities may at their discretion give financial or other assistance to the victims of the recent flooding, and their expenditure in doing so will be eligible for Exchequer assistance as announced in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Devon, North (Mr. Speller) on 14 January.—[Vol. 95, c. 604.] It is for authorities to make their intentions known as they see fit.