§ Mr. Liddell-Grainger
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what future plans there are to increase funding to the Environment Agency for flood defence. 
§ Mr. Morley
This Department provides grant (and supplementary credit approvals to local authorities) to the Environment Agency, local authorities and internal drainage boards for flood and coastal defence capital works in England. The total provision available, and the Environment Agency's share of it, is increasing as shown in the table:
£ million 2001–02 Provisional outturn 2002–03 Allocation 2003–04 Provision Total 91.0 106.0 114.0 Of which: Environment Agency 61.5 65.0 1— 1 Not yet allocated
The provision available for 2003–04 will be allocated to authorities later this year.
The other main source of funding for the Environment Agency are levies paid by local authorities. The figures are as follows:
£ million 2001–02 233.7 2002–03 247.8 2003–04 1— 1 To be decided in early 2003
Funding levels for future years will be considered in this year's spending review.