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Floods: Research

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of the flood impact study by Cranfield University is; and what proportion of the cost will be met by (a) the Environment Agency and (b) the Commission for Rural Communities. (204206)

The joint Environment Agency and DEFRA Flood and Coastal Erosion Management (FCERM) Science programme commissioned Cranfield, Sheffield and Middlesex universities to carry out a study for “Preliminary Data Collection and Estimating the Cost of Summer Flooding on Farmland and in Urban Areas”. The combined cost for this project was £48,500 which included data collection, verification and analysis and professor and research assistant fees. The results will be used to test the accuracy of the Environment Agency's existing tools for estimating the impact of a flood. The Commission for Rural Communities funded a parallel project on rural areas costing £15,000.