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Volume 715: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to see a reduction in the number of United Kingdom domestic properties at risk from river, sea and surface water flooding. [HL566]

The Government target is to move 145,000 households to a lower flood probability category by March 2011.

The Environment Agency, local authorities and internal drainage boards are on track to exceed this target and provide better protection to 160,000 homes.

However, the Environment Agency's long term investment strategy, published in June, suggests that investment will need to increase by 80 per cent by 2035 to counter the future effects of climate change.