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Thames Estuary

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on the Thames Estuary 2100 project; and if he will make a statement. (103221)

The Environment Agency's Thames Estuary 2100 project is developing a tidal flood risk management plan for London and the Thames Estuary for the next 100 years, to include consideration of the likely impact of climate change, sea level rise and increased sea surge.

The project is investigating a balance of measures such as the timing and design of future flood defences, resilience of new and existing developments and flood warning systems and emergency response. The Agency has completed the first phase of studies to inform further refinement and costing of options and is expecting to go to public consultation on these options in late spring 2007. A draft final plan is expected in 2008 which will then undergo further consultation before final submission to DEFRA.