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Flood Control: Finance

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has allocated to the Environment Agency for flood defence grants in each year since 1997; and what expenditure his Department has incurred on flood defences in each such year. (286474)

The following table shows total funding from DEFRA (and its predecessors) to the Environment Agency for flood and coastal erosion risk management. This includes funding for grants to internal drainage boards and local authorities for capital improvement projects.

Until 2004-05 the flood risk management function of the Environment Agency was funded primarily through a combination of grants from DEFRA (and its predecessors) for specific projects and levies on local authorities. The data shows funding from DEFRA and does not include funding from other sources, such as local government investment using settlement funding and levies to the Environment Agency.

The figure for 2008-09 is based on budgeted amounts, subject to confirmation of final outturns.

Funding (£ million)

1997-98

87.1

1998-99

78.3

1999-00

75.5

2000-01

71.4

2001-02

84.7

2002-03

128.4

2003-04

135.5

2004-05

405.5

2005-06

506.4

2006-07

497.3

2007-08

499.8

2008-09

564.1