§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what research his Department has undertaken to assess the scope for habitat creation through managed retreat of the coast.502W
§ Mr. Redwood
Strategic research in this area is funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. A full-scale managed set-back trial is being carried out at Tollesbury creek, Essex. Nevertheless, my Department ensures that, where appropriate, a managed set-back option is among those considered for coastal defence schemes approved for grant aid.