Lord Sheikh asked Her Majesty’s Government:

    What are the main features of the announced flood defence spending increase, including the full profile and timetable involved; and whether this announcement will form part of the Comprehensive Spending Review. [HL4752]

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): No final decisions have been taken on the allocation of the £200 million increased spending in 2010-11. Following the Comprehensive Spending Review settlement, expected by the autumn, and a subsequent departmental allocations exercise, a separate prioritisation process will determine funding for individual flood risk management projects.