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Flood Control: Finance

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funds were allocated for flood protection to (a) Yorkshire and the Humber, (b) East Anglia and (c) London in each of the last five years. (162177)

The Environment Agency is the principal operating authority with responsibility for flood risk management in England. The following table shows Environment Agency expenditure for the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Flood Defence Committee (RFDC) (which covers Yorkshire and the north bank of the Humber estuary) and Anglian RFDC. Thames RFDC covers a wider area than just London but the figures indicate funds allocated for flood protection in Greater London only.

£million

Area

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Yorkshire and Number

37.3

33.4

40.7

34.0

35.1

Anglian

71.2

71.0

86.5

95.6

78.6

Thames (London only)

39.1

41.1

47.2

45.5

43.7

Some further works will have been carried out by local authorities and internal drainage boards but these will be significantly lower than the sums expended by the Agency.