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Flooding: EU Funding

Volume 702: debated on Monday 16 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

At what time and in what proportion payments have been received from the €162 million allocated to the United Kingdom from the European Union Solidarity Fund in response to flooding in 2007; what amounts are outstanding; and when they are scheduled to be paid. [HL4047]

The Government are in the process of finalising the arrangements for the receipt of the funding from the EU Solidarity Fund: €162.4 million (which amounts to around £110 million at the exchange rate at the time of application). We would expect to receive this funding shortly.

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

How much of the €162 million allocated to the United Kingdom from the European Union Solidarity Fund in response to flooding in 2007 has been disbursed; where and on what it has been spent; and on what basis the allocation of these funds has been prioritised against competing claims. [HL4048]

The receipt from the EU will be used to defray costs incurred by central government, totalling the full amount of €162.4 million (£110 million at the exchange rate at the time of application). The Government will separately make available a total of £31 million additional funding to English local authorities and the devolved Administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland.