§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how much grant aid for coastal protection and beach replenishment has been provided to Bournemouth since 1979; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Curry
Since 1979, the borough of Bournemouth has received £5.6million in grant aid for coastal defence works. This sum includes in excess of £1.2 million paid for beach replenishment.
Government funding for flood and coastal defence work in England has risen substantially since 1986–87 and further increases have been agreed as part of the 1991 Public Expenditure Survey. Grant to the National Rivers Authority (flood and sea defence) will rise from £21.6 million in 1990–91 to £48.2 million in 1994–95. For local authority schemes (flood and sea defences and coast protection) the grant available will increase over the same period from £18.2 million to £22.7 million.