§ 20. Mr. Rathbone
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the presently planned level of funding for coastal defences in 1986–87.
§ Mr. Gummer
I understand that water authorities and local authorities plan to undertake work on sea defences amounting to some £18 million in 1986–87 with the assistance of Government aid under the Land Drainage Act 1976. In addition, local authorities plan to undertake work combating coastal erosion amounting to some £20 million with the assistance of Government aid under the Coast Protection Act 1949.