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Flood Control: Finance

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what access to the Environment Agency’s national flood and coastal defence database is provided to insurance companies. (197754)

Insurance companies do not have direct access to data from the national flood and coastal defence database.

Some specific datasets and associated attributes (for example, historic flood events and spatial flood defences) have been approved for access and are, therefore, available under licence from the Environment Agency. The Association of British Insurers have been made aware of these.

Any other requests for information from the national flood and coastal defence database are assessed on a case-by-case basis.