(2) what estimate he has made of how much it would cost to protect Yorkshire from river flooding.
It is not feasible to completely protect against flooding.
I understand the Yorkshire RFDC has a programme of possible expenditure on new defences of £364 million over the next 10 years. The amount that is eventually spent will depend on the relative priority of schemes in Yorkshire compared to those elsewhere in the country.
The current Environment Agency estimate of expenditure on all its flood risk management activities (i.e. including such activities as operations and maintenance as well as new defences) in the Yorkshire RFDC area over the next 10 years is £628 million.
Further works may be carried out by local authorities and internal drainage boards but the sums involved are much lower than for the Environment Agency.
The Environment Agency collects and holds data on the basis of Regional Flood Defence Committee (RFDC) boundaries. The Yorkshire RFDC boundary covers Yorkshire and the north bank of the Humber estuary.
The following table shows Yorkshire RFDC percentages of total DEFRA grant in aid allocated to the Environment Agency for flood risk management from 2004-05 onwards (when direct grant from DEFRA replaced the previous mixed system of majority funding from levies on local authorities with some capital grant from DEFRA).
Percentage allocated RFDC of total FDGIA to Yorkshire 2004-05 8 2005-06 10 2006-07 9 2007-08 9
Percentage allocated RFDC of total FDGIA to Yorkshire
Further funding would have been provided to local authorities and internal drainage boards but at much lower levels than those provided to the Agency.