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Environment Agency: Flood Control

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of changes in the funding of (a) the Environment Agency and (b) British Waterways on the provision of flood defence. (155960)

The changes in the funding applied to the Environment Agency’s non-capital spend which funded items such as staff costs, operational spend and maintenance of defences. Funding for capital projects for new and improved defences to reduce risk was not cut and no current or planned capital improvement projects were delayed as a result. Funding to British Waterways was also reduced but these changes did not have a material impact on the provision of flood defence by British Waterways.