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Flood Control

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many flood warnings have been issued by the Environment Agency in each county of England and Wales in each of the last 10 years. (256351)

The following table shows the number of flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency in each of its regions from 2006. The warnings are defined as either flood watches, flood warnings or severe flood warnings dependent upon the likelihood of flooding occurring.

Environment Agency region

2006

2007

2008

2009

Total

Flood warnings issued

North West

25

24

85

8

142

Midlands

44

214

244

6

508

Anglian

13

196

108

60

377

Thames

14

37

37

25

113

Southern

6

13

59

38

116

EA Wales

92

109

176

1

378

South West

97

119

269

77

562

North East

91

277

275

17

660

Total

382

989

1,253

232

2,856

Severe flood warnings issued

North West

0

0

2

0

2

Midlands

1

22

5

0

28

Anglian

0

25

5

1

31

Thames

0

3

0

0

3

Southern

0

0

1

0

1

EA Wales

1

0

2

0

3

South West

0

1

7

0

8

North East

0

25

24

0

49

Total

2

76

46

1

125

Before the Floodline Warnings Direct (FWD) system became operational in January 2006, flood warnings were sent out locally by Environment Agency offices. Information prior to 2006 is therefore not held centrally and cannot be collated without incurring disproportionate cost.

Flood warning information is organised into operational areas based on water management catchments. The information above has therefore been organised by Environment Agency region.

The numbers of flood warnings are dependent on the weather and the number of sites where warnings are issued. The Environment Agency is constantly adding new areas where a flood warning service is provided.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress his Department has made in implementing the flood defence schemes brought forward under spending announced in the Pre-Budget Report. (256353)

The flood risk management schemes brought forward are in development and due to start from 1 April 2009 to 31 March 2010. They will be completed over a number of years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how his Department calculated that 27,000 homes will receive protection from bringing forward spending on flood defences as part of the measures announced in the Pre-Budget Report. (256354)

The protection of an additional 27,405 homes through the accelerated programme is based on detailed local mapping and flood modelling.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his latest estimate is of the number of posts in flood risk management in local authorities which are (a) filled and (b) vacant. (256357)

The information on vacancies in flood risk management within local authorities is not held centrally. This is because local authorities are independent autonomous bodies responsible for decisions on pay and work force issues.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to amend his Department's policy in flood management expenditure areas where provision has been made in the past for land drainage and agriculture benefits. (257028)

My Department has no plans to amend policy for flood management expenditure which is specific to areas where provision has been made in the past for land drainage and agriculture benefits.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding has been allocated by his Department to implementing the recommendations of Sir Michael Pitt’s review of the summer 2007 floods. (257448)

Annex B of the Government’s response to Sir Michael Pitt’s review of the summer 2007 floods contains a complete breakdown of funding. The document can be viewed at:

www.defra.gov.uk/environ/fcd/floods07/Govtresptopitt.pdf