Select Committee on Agriculture Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


APPENDIX 5

Supplementary Memorandum submitted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (L 7)

FURTHER INFORMATION FOLLOWING MR MORLEY'S EVIDENCE SESSION TO AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE ON 28 NOVEMBER 2000

QUESTION 79:

  Table 1 of MAFF's "Progress Report of Implementation of Recommendations in Sixth Report (Session 1997-98): Flood and Coastal Defence" set out Government expenditure on flood and coastal defence over a period of years. This expenditure is used by the operating authorities to fund the majority of flood and coastal defence works—ie to protect against flooding from rivers and the sea and protection against coastal erosion. It is also used to fund running costs and other programme expenditure incurred by MAFF and the operating authorities.

  Other income includes monies received from farmers, who pay drainage rates or charges to internal drainage boards and the Environment Agency (Anglian Region); interest receipts; and there are also annual transfers in and out of balances held by the Environment Agency. It is therefore not possible to relate the expenditure figures in the table directly to particular services.

  Instead, the following table shows the best estimates of expenditure of MAFF and the operating authorities on coastal flooding, river flooding, coast protection, with appropriate loadings for flood warning and general operating costs of the operating authorities.

(£ million)

1999-00
River flooding (tidal and non-tidal)
Coastal flooding
Coast protection
Total
MAFF grant (other expenditure omitted)
20.2
16.3
33.9
70.4
Environment Agency
239.0
36.0
0
275.0
Internal Drainage
Boards
40.4
0
0
40.4
Local Authorities
own spend
13.0
1.5
10.5
26.0
TOTAL (%)
312.6 (76%)
53.8 (13%)
44.4 (11%)
411.8 (100%)

QUESTIONS 80-81:

  Planned MAFF expenditure on flood and coastal defence over the period of 1996-97 and the following three years ranged from some £75 million to £85 million. In these years savings emerged elsewhere in MAFF and, because of the progress of major capital works, it was possible to increase the spend on flood and coastal defence beyond the level originally planned. 1996-97 was a prime example of such a year, with significantly increased grant payments being made to the Environment Agency (for sea defences at Happisburgh to Winterton) and local authorities (for coast protection works at, for example, Hurst Spit and Hythe).

8 December 2000


 
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