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Flood Control: Cost Effectiveness

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what outcome measures are used to assess the effectiveness of expenditure on flood risk management measures; what criteria relating to outcomes for (a) the economy, (b) commerce and (c) industry are included in these measures; and what his policy is on the inclusion of flood security as an outcome measure. (228697)

A set of nine outcome measures for flood and coastal erosion risk was published, following public consultation, in June 2007. The measures are described on the DEFRA website and the first measure, overall benefits, will include monetary estimates of the benefits to the national economy, with the expectation that in time the costs and benefits for different sectors will be identified separately. The term “flood security” is ambiguous, but a review of the outcome measures is under way and this will include consideration of alternative and additional measures.