§ Mr. Sanders
To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is his policy for the protection of seaside resort piers and esplanades from coastal erosion. 
§ Mr. Morley
The Government's policy aims to reduce the risks to people and the developed and natural environment from flooding and coastal erosion by encouraging the provision of adequate and technically, environmentally and economically sound and sustainable defences. Local authority proposals for coast protection capital works which protect seaside resort piers and298W esplanades or where piers or esplanades contribute to coastal defence may be considered for approval under the Coast Protection Act 1949 and for funding assistance.