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Flood Defences

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on flood defences in each of the last 20 years. (93826)

The following table shows (a) Environment Agency spending on flood defences (excluding flood warning systems, (b) DEFRA funding to local authorities and internal drainage boards for capital flood risk improvement projects, and (c) local authority own spend and levies to internal drainage boards for flood risk management, some or all of which will have been spent on flood defences.

The latter (c) is largely supported by revenue support grant from the Department for Communities and Local Government. I regret figures prior to 1997-98 either are not available or could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

£ million

(a) Environment Agency spend

(b) DEFRA funding for local authority/internal drainage board capital improvement projects

(c) Local authority own spend and levies to internal drainage boards

Total

1997-98

287.9

4.9

29.7

322.5

1998-99

285.6

3.3

32.1

321.0

1999-2000

294.3

3.5

33.9

331.7

2000-01

302.1

4.3

43.7

350.1

2001-02

333.9

6.5

44.9

385.3

2002-03

341.5

13.7

45.7

400.9

2003-04

385.7

8.6

41.5

435.8

2004-05

425.5

9.2

45.6

480.3

2005-06

505.2

9.6

46.9

561.7