Flood Risk


Mike Gapes has raised in Parliament the threat to Londoners of rising sea levels and increasing flood insurance costs .

Here is his exchange with the Secretary of State for the Environment on Thursday 16 May 2013

 Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): Has the Secretary of State seen a report, published this week, which suggests that rather than there being a once-in-a-thousand years chance of the Thames barrier’s being overwhelmed by rising sea levels, the statistic could be once in a hundred years or even once in 10 years? What are the implications of that for insurance costs in London?

Mr Paterson: We have begun preliminary investigations of the prospects of long-term flooding. As the hon. Gentleman knows, there is a possibility of major construction projects which may help.


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