§ Mr. Steen
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what was the(a) percentage and (b) actual increase in the amount of money provided by the Department for Flood Defence to Devon county council through the standing spending assessment in each of the last three years. 
§ Ms Beverley Hughes
The changes in Flood Defence Standard Spending Assessments for the last three years for Devon county council are as follows:
£million Year Percentage change in SSA Actual change in SSA 2000–01 +3.1 0.108 1999–2000 +1.7 0.059 1998–991 -31.6 -1.567 1As from 1 April 1998 Devon CC area was reduced following the creation of Plymouth and Torbay unitary authorities. If the 1998–99 Flood Defence SSAs for Plymouth and Torbay are added to the 1998–99 Devon CC figure then the results would be (a) -0.7 per cent.