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Flood Control: Private Sector

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL3511, tabled on 23 November 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to use the design build finance and operate method to manage private sector input into flood defence schemes.

Answered on

7 December 2016

The appropriate conditions for design, build, finance and operate rarely exist in the case of flood defence schemes. We do not, therefore, currently have plans to implement this approach to public private partnerships for flood defences.

There is however private sector involvement in flood management schemes. Most flood defence improvement projects managed by the Environment Agency or other risk management authorities are designed, built and sometimes operated by private sector suppliers. The funding approach has also been designed to incentivise contributions toward Government supported flood schemes, including from the private sector.