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Flooding: Prevention

Volume 697: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of the need for a further increase in spending on flood preparation and prevention as a consequence of the floods in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire earlier this year. [HL504]

Following consideration in the comprehensive spending review, we have announced that funding for flood and coastal erosion risk management in England will rise progressively over the next three years, with increased spending in 2010-11, a minimum of £200 million above current levels.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many flood-prevention schemes have been (a) identified; (b) costed; and (c) had funds allocated since the flooding earlier in the year. [HL505]

There are currently over 300 Defra-funded capital schemes being delivered that will reduce flood risk to communities across the country.

Prioritised and costed investment plans for new flood risk management schemes are submitted annually by individual operating authorities. It is anticipated that there will be over 150 new projects planned to start during the Comprehensive Spending Review period, starting in April 2008. This is subject to my departmental funding allocations to all operating authorities.

In addition to the allocation of funds to new flood alleviation schemes, the Environment Agency has also re-allocated funding this year to undertake important remedial work following the June and July floods.