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Environment Agency

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding his Department has provided to the Environment Agency for flood protection in each of the past five years; and what funding will be provided in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09. (90181)

DEFRA funding to the Environment Agency for flood risk management is as follows:

£ million

2002-03

66.7

2003-04

76.1

2004-05

358.6

2005-06

426.9

2006-07

413.0

Prior to 2004-05 the flood risk management function of the Agency was funded primarily through a combination of grants from DEFRA for specific projects and levies on local authorities. The latter, which were largely supported by Revenue Support Grant from the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, are not included in the table. Both forms of funding were largely replaced by grant in aid from DEFRA from 2004/05 onwards.

Figures for 2004-05 and 2005-06 are outturn of DEFRA grant in aid and 2006-07 is a budget allocation. Funding for later years has yet to be decided.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the budget of the Environment Agency was in the last 10 financial years in real terms (a) in total and (b) broken down by (i) grant-in-aid from Government, (ii) funding for flood defences and (iii) grant-in-aid from Government excluding flood defences. (90463)

Table 1 shows actual spending and funding figures for the Environment Agency in England. Table 2 shows approximate real-terms equivalents calculated using the Public Works Non- Road Inflation (PWNRI) index published by the Department of Trade and Industry, with 1996-97 as the base year. These latter equivalents should be viewed as a rough guide only because the PWNRI is unlikely to be an exact measurement of cost changes for the goods and services procured by the Agency, especially for the non flood risk elements.

Table 1: Actual values

Funding

£ million

Total EA expenditure1

Total grant in aid (GIA)

Funding for flood risk management (GIA from 2004-05 onwards)

GIA for other purposes (Environment Protection, Conservation, Recreation, Navigation and Fisheries)

1996-97

519.2

119.8

45.9

119.8

1997-98

558.2

119.2

43.0

119.2

1998-99

546.9

109.8

33.8

109.8

1999-2000

568.8

105.4

33.0

105.4

2000-01

589.2

110.2

41.9

110.2

2001-02

650.7

105.0

61.5

105.0

2002-03

723.2

118.6

66.7

118.6

2003-04

760.2

126.8

76.1

126.8

2004-05

811.4

482.9

358.6

124.3

2005-063

943.0

577.6

426.9

150.7

Table 2: Rough estimates of real-terms equivalents of table 1 (£million)

Funding

£ million

Total EA expenditure1

Total Grant in Aid (GIA)

Funding for flood risk management (GIA from 2004-05 onwards)

GIA for other purposes (Environment Protection, Conservation, Recreation, Navigation and Fisheries)

1996-972

519.2

119.8

45.9

119.8

1997-98

541.1

115.6

41.7

115.6

1998-99

509.4

102.3

31.5

102.3

1999-2000

519.1

96.2

30.1

96.2

2000-01

517.4

96.8

36.8

96.8

2001-02

555.1

89.6

52.5

89.6

2002-03

598.4

98.1

55.2

98.1

2003-04

611.1

101.9

61.2

101.9

2004-05

605.7

360.5

267.7

92.8

2005-063

689.1

422.1

312.0

110.1

1Includes funding from other sources.

2As the base year, 1996-97 values are actual.

3Total EA budget for 2005-06 is forecast pending finalisation of outturn spend figures.

Prior to 2004-05 the flood risk management function of the Agency was funded primarily through a combination of grant from DEFRA for specific projects and levies on local authorities. The latter, which were largely supported by Revenue Support Grant from the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, are not included in the table. Both forms of funding were largely replaced by grant in aid from DEFRA from 2004-05 onwards.