§ 12. Mr. David Porter
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many grants were given by her Department to the National Rivers Authority, local authorities and internal drainage boards towards the costs of approved sea defence, coastal protection, urban flood relief and arterial drainage works.
§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
My Department approves about 200 such schemes each year providing protection to around 20,000 homes, 2,500 businesses and 40,000 hectares of farmland.