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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

Agriculture: Land

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of the area of farmland of each agricultural land classification at risk of flooding.

[Official Report, 16 March 2009, Vol. 489, c. 826W.]

Letter of correction from Huw Irranca-Davies:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for South-East Cambridgeshire (Mr. Paice) on 16 March 2009.

The correct answer should have been: (262117)

DEFRA’s June Survey of Agriculture and Horticulture estimated the total area of land on agricultural holdings in England at 9.34 million hectares at June 2008. According to an earlier DEFRA commissioned estimate of assets at potential risk of flooding, using a different primary data set, 1.35 million hectares of agricultural land is in areas of potential flood risk in England. Of this, approximately 40 per cent. is grade 1 or 2, and 60 per cent. is grade 3, 4 or 5. DEFRA is seeking to refine this estimate with the support of its delivery partners.