§ 16. Mr. A. Brown
asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government and Minister for Welsh Affairs to what extent the costs of protecting coasts against erosion are met by Exchequer grants; and how much was so paid by the Exchequer during the last financial year to local authorities.
§ Sir K. Joseph
The rate of grant varies with local circumstances, but the average for the last three years was some 60 per cent. of the approved cost. In the last financial year, just over £800,000 was paid to authorities in England and Wales. The above figures take no account of grant-aided works by river boards, some of which also protect the coasts.