§ Mr. Barry Field
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what additional resources are being provided by his Department to help improve Britain's coastal defences.
§ Mr. Curry
Increased funding for coast and tidal defence works was announced following the 1988 and 1989 public expenditure surveys. By 1992–93 the provision for this work will have increased to £43 million compared with £33 million in the current financial year. The grant supplement paid on sea and tidal defence work was also increased in the last survey from 15 to 20 per cent. In addition, in response to the storms of last winter, increased supplementary credit approval of £2.3 million is to be made available for local authority schemes during the remainder of the current financial year.