Valerie raises flooding issue at Leader’s questions

On Thursday 13th February, Valerie asked the Leader of the House, Andrew Lansley MP, for a debate regarding alternative ways to aid flood victims.

Valerie asked:

Rather than raiding the Department for International Development budget, which is committed expenditure, may we debate urgently an application to the European solidarity fund, which exists to help people during a flooding crisis?

Mr Lansley replied:

The hon. Lady will have heard what the Prime Minister had to say on that subject. From memory, a threshold of £3 billion—if I am wrong I will provide her with more details later—must be reached before an application can be made. An application for additional resources from Europe would also have implications for our rebate.