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Flood Control: Finance

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Environment Agency has spent on building flood defences in 2008. (227768)

The following table identifies the capital, revenue and local levy expenditure from the start of the financial year to the end of September 2008. The figures are in line with the Environment Agency's expenditure forecast.

Flood defence grant in aid expenditure—year to date

£ million

Regions

Capital (Actual)

Revenue (Actual)

Local levy (Actual)

Total expenditure

Anglian

37.9

17.3

2.4

57.6

Midlands

9.7

11.2

0.5

21.4

North-east

9

10.4

1.2

20.6

North-west

9.3

12.4

1.7

23.4

Southern

5.8

11.8

0.4

18.0

South-west

11.5

12.7

3.2

27.4

Thames

11.6

20.8

6.0

38.4

Total English regions

94.8

96.6

15.4

206.8

Head office

10.4

25.2

35.6

Total FDGiA expenditure

105.2

121.8

227.0

The Environment Agency has also paid out £19.5 million of grant to local authorities and internal drainage boards for coastal and non main river projects that they are delivering.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent per head on flood protection in (a) rural and (b) urban areas in 2007-08. (227915)

The Environment Agency directs flood risk expenditure into areas which are most at risk of flooding, it does not make a distinction between urban and rural when defining flood risk.

In the 2007-08 financial year, the Government provided approximately £600 million funding for effective management of flood and coastal erosion protection in England.