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Coastal Areas: Flood Control

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is on the procurement of timber for use in sea defence projects; and if he will make a statement. (286476)

Since 2000, UK Government Departments have sought to procure products made from timber that is legally harvested and grown in sustainably managed forests or plantations. From April 2009, UK Government departments will now only accept timber that has been verified as legal and sustainable, or licensed under Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership Agreements.

Most of the work on sea defences is undertaken by the Environment Agency and they purchase all timber in accordance with the Government's timber procurement policy. In addition, timber is purchased whenever available, from one of the five Category A accredited certification scheme sources recognised by the Central Point of Expertise on Timber. Limited evidence prohibits this approach being used for tropical hardwood, here, in line with Government policy; the Environment Agency obtain evidence demonstrating legality, sustainability and traceability through the supply chain (Category B evidence).

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what sea defence projects involving the use of timber for construction his Department plans to fund in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2011-12. (286479)

The following table shows coastal defence projects on which authorities are likely to incur expenditure in any of the years 2009-11, 2010-11 and 2011-12 and where timber is likely to form a significant part of the works. The table is based on forward planning project information, so should be regarded as indicative rather than definitive.

Project Title

Lead authority

Estimated construction start

East Clough

Environment Agency

2010-11

Brightlingsea Tidal Defences Phase 2

Environment Agency

2011-12

Broadland

Environment Agency

Ongoing

Broomhill Sands Coastal Defence Scheme

Environment Agency

2011-12

Denge

Environment Agency

2009-10

Denver Little Eyes Sluice

Environment Agency

2008-09

Donna Nook

Environment Agency

2010-11

Dymchurch

Environment Agency

2011-12

Folkestone To Cliff End Schemes Package

Environment Agency

2011-12

Great Yarmouth

Environment Agency

2010-11

Happisburgh/Winterton 3B Works

Environment Agency

2011-12

High Knocke to Dymchurch Sea Defence

Environment Agency

2009-10

Hunstanton/Heacham Beach Management

Environment Agency

2007-08

Lancing Brook Outfall Reconstruction

Environment Agency

2010-11

Lincshore 2005 to 2010

Environment Agency

2005-06

Lincshore 2010 to 2015

Environment Agency

2010-11

Med merry Managed Realignment

Environment Agency

2011-12

Pett Shingle Renourishment Phase 2-6

Environment Agency

2011-12

Pevensey Bay Outfalls

Environment Agency

2010-11

Pevensey Bay

Environment Agency

Ongoing

Redcar

Environment Agency

2010-11

Sandwich Bay Sea Defences (Deal) (Note start may be early 2012-13)

Environment Agency

2011-12

Seasalter

Environment Agency

2010-11

Shaldon and Ringmore

Environment Agency

2010-11

Stanah Sea Defences

Environment Agency

2008-09

Steart Managed Realignment

Environment Agency

2011-12

Swinefleet

Environment Agency

2009-10

Teignmouth Estuary (Back Beach)

Environment Agency

2011-12

Thornton - Cleveleys (Local Authority led scheme with Environment Agency Contribution)

Environment Agency

2011-12

Walberswick to Dunwich Frontage

Environment Agency

2010-11

Ageing Groynes - Selsey – 9-10

Chichester Council

2009-10

Worthing

Worthing Council

2009-10