§ Mr. Viggers
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what funds are available through his12W Department in the current financial year for coastal protection and repair.
§ Mr. Robert B. Jones
My Department has no specific funds in respect of work on coastal protection and repair.
Where the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food expect to issue credit approvals for capital expenditure in respect of such work these credit approvals will be taken into account in calculating standard spending assessments. Consequently local authorities will receive a contribution through the revenue support grant towards the borrowing costs associated with the balance of capital costs of approved schemes net of other grants.
Local authorities also receive contributions through their revenue support grant entitlements in respect of revenue expenditure which they undertake for coastal protection and repair.